from Summer 2005 [Issue No. 7]

The Wolf as Original Dreamer

Sean Lause



The earth would burst incandescent

they said, but I was prepared

with an army of dreams and magic

and each night a thousand stars

descended from the ceiling like cobalt spiders

to weave my bed of innocence.


The fall came when my father placed a book

of Peter and the Wolf before the mirror.

I could not stop watching the wolf,

its lava eyes spilling rage and violation,

its teeth swirling in a snarl of white death,

its feet clawing for the earth to return.


Above, Peter clung to the tree branch

faceless, like all sadists,

tightening his noose over its tail

to suspend it through eternity,

and to make the torture exquisite,

he made music from its misery.


Tonight, alone in bed,

my wife dying, son grown and gone,

the wolf leaps from a shadow in my dream,

folds itself around me, shredded tail bleeding.

I sing gently to it,

sharing the hunger still hovering in the air.




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