Wolf Prince – by Catherine Arra

I’ve always loved the woods—
smoky swells of moist loam, evergreen,
canopies of oaks, maples, beds of fern and moss.

In the rhythmic beats of wildlife—frog bass
katydid staccato, cardinal calls − I take the darker path,
tracking where I want to go.

I’ve always known Wolf watches,
camouflaged in the thicket—breathes me
into his breast, his glinting hunger lighting his lair.

I smell him, his lush fur, musky skin,
the hidden hide of his longing for flesh—
my longing to be feral again.

I walk nearer each time—
extend fingers to cast my scent further     further
until I catch his trembling jaw, stroke his throat,

wrap him in my red cape
and we are crowned crimson and silver.

Catherine Arra
Catherine Arra is the author of four full-length collections and three chapbooks. Her newest work Solitude, Tarot & the Corona Blues is forthcoming from Kelsay Books in 2023. Arra is a native of the Hudson Valley in upstate New York, where she teaches part-time and facilitates local writing groups. Find her at http://www.catherinearra.com