Douglas Cole
Wolf Moon

The moon coming up
full and yellow
a wolf-moon, I think
meaning somewhere out there
a wolf is roaming
far from the pack
the way it happens occasionally
one stops and lifts its head
scans for something
then trots away
the others barely glancing
but knowing all the same
and the one alone sets off
in some direction
to watch you'd think
there was certainty in that stride
he knows where he's going
he chose this course
up over the rise
and into the little box canyon
where his shadow falls
like shed skin down the slope
and above
that big moon shining
all the landscape silver
with its light
and that one wolf goes on
maybe he doesn't have a clue
maybe some coded instinct
draws him on
anything is possible
I imagine
with a big yellow moon like that
anything at all