don’t give your heart to a wandering wolf (he’ll swallow it like the sun)
don’t make a pet of a wandering wolf
how soft his pelt how kind his eyes
don’t give all your trust to a wandering wolf
how gentle his paws how friendly his grin
don’t spend your life with a wandering wolf
he’ll howl and cavort and play fetch with you
he’ll roll in the grass
he’ll invite belly rubs
don’t pour all your soul into that wandering wolf
he’ll look sad and endearing
whining at your front door
don’t give your heart to that wandering wolf
he’ll grip it oh so gently in his jaws
caressing pulsing muscle with glinting canines
don’t give your heart to a wandering wolf
he’ll swallow it like he swallows the sun
that pelt; the velvet-night
those eyes; the last glinting stars
those paws; the falling sky
that grin; the waning silver moon-sliver
he’ll swallow you.
About the Author
Deanna, 23, is an aspiring writer and final-year Literature major writing her thesis on female identity in rewritten fairytales (which means re-watching Disney films and re-reading fairytales). She is currently putting together a collection of love poetry – any resemblance to real-world people and/or events is not coincidental.
About the Illustrator
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don’t give your heart to a wandering wolf is one of the many amazing poems from the upcoming fourth edition of the literary collection The Machinery.
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