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Running With Wolves
by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie

Monday, June 27, 2005
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Running With Wolves

I have walked this road for years,
Know every stone and twig by name,
As they know mine…
You seem to think I am lonely,
But though I am alone,
I am not grieving for your presence,
I know the truth about man,
And I know you well.

This then is the place of dreams,
Amid yellowed pages and faded photographs,
The place I call home.

If I suffer to let you come,
You must be quiet;
My heart does not seek words to find peace,
Rather I would listen to the birds sing,
And the winds whisper their secrets to me.
You I do not hear…

Yet you come seeking what I do not know,
You can not live here with me,
I could not bear your presence long,
You would disturb my friends here,
With your wanton lusts and ugly heart…

I shall bear you yet a while,
So you may see what you will never achieve,
This bliss of life that comforts me,
This glorious sunset you cannot see,
This rising of the moon on such a cold night,
That you may see the white breaths of the wolves
As they run the worn paths of my life.

I shall run tonight with them,
We travel well together,
I am quiet and they bear my presence well.
Looking back now and again,
A smile in their eyes,
Knowing I can run as well as they,
Howl as loud at the wanton moon,
Who betrays us both with her beauty…

We are one under this bloodless sun,
One with all of life-
You cannot destroy me,
Cannot wound me,
I will never let you near enough to try,
I am stronger than you,
Though you think me weak-
Stronger than you are capable of being;

For I know the truth about life,
I know the truth about you.
I know who I am,
And what I am not…

So tonight when the moon is full,
I shall run with the wolves,
Until my heart burns white hot,
And I will leave you on the path,
You cannot travel on,
Wondering what it is,
You forgot…

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Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 7/15/2005
I shall run tonight with them,
We travel well together,
I am quiet and they bear my presence well.
Looking back now and again,
A smile in their eyes,
Knowing I can run as well as they,
Howl as loud at the wanton moon,
Who betrays us both with her beauty…

Retta...this poem goes into my library...very very descriptive write...clap clap clap....great tile and great work my n luck....BHUWAN!!!
Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore 7/10/2005
to know the heart of those who are untouched by the moon's song, by the silence of the night forest, by the wordless communication of biological family ... experience knows no bounds, evidenced by prescient writes such as this ...
Reviewed by Peter Paton 7/8/2005
Much emotion and feeling expressed in this magnificent poem Retta
Reviewed by Robin Labenberg 7/6/2005
This is truely GREAT..
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/6/2005
one word, reindeer: WOWWWWW!!!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :D
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 7/5/2005
Your words lift off this page into the soul of the reader, feeling the strength of your character. There are many that wish to be on a path such as this but truly do not understand how to step upon it without leaving tracks. Run with the wolves!!!! :-)
Reviewed by Duke LaRance 7/3/2005
Wow, Reindeer! Such wonderful expression...just about left me speechless for the first time in my life. -- Duke
Reviewed by Marilyn Seray 7/2/2005
Hi Reindeer,
your words filled my mind's eye with glorious images.
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 7/2/2005
Hypnotic! Love the quiet passion. . .picture. . .
heart & soul behind!! 'Pea' <3
Reviewed by Janet Caldwell 7/2/2005
Damn, I wanna run to, but in the meantime, Run Retta Run!

Love, Peace & Joy, Janny xoxoxo
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 7/1/2005
run on Retta, but watchout for dracula and the frankenstein
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/1/2005
An empowering poem, Retta. I love wolves. Well done! Thank you. Love and peace to you. Regis
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 7/1/2005
Lovely I adore the wolves howling in Alaska they are one of my favorite as a photographer to capture in their world on film. Excellent piece!
Reviewed by Jennifer Butler 7/1/2005
This is beautiful, as are all of your thoughts, Reindeer.
Reviewed by The Smoking Poet 6/30/2005
Truly one of the most wonderful creatures on our earth, so often maligned, but in truth so dignified, so wise, so right with the earth while we are not...
Reviewed by William Bonilla 6/30/2005
most outstanding write ..Retta
excellent piece

William .....Peace & Love
Reviewed by Paul Williams 6/29/2005
Superb imagery that projects the poets soul into the readers mind excellent Retta.

Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 6/28/2005
outstanding living words of the soul...fantastic.

Reviewed by jude forese 6/28/2005
a remarkable poem both in imagery and essense ...
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/28/2005

You capture the very essence of what it is to be wolf...splendidly illustrated by your imagery and emotion! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/28/2005
This is amazing write and an amazing capture of imagery that leaves the reader spell bound.

Reviewed by John Bidwell 6/28/2005
Takes my breath away.
Outstanding is so right.
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 6/28/2005
Powerful and haunting, this is outstanding!
Take care,
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 6/27/2005
Very well written piece Retta!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Handsum Hart 6/27/2005
Teeming with poetic splendor
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 6/27/2005
Yep, So TRUE,Soon All Humanity Will Not Only Be Runnen With Wolves They You Will Be Living With Them...

Reviewed by Sandie Angel 6/27/2005
Wonderful write, Retta!

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/27/2005
Fantastic poem, Reindeer! I know this feeling well!!;-)Superb expression!
Reviewed by Nicole Lasher 6/27/2005
ya' ya' yao-oooooooooo!
Reviewed by George Carroll 6/27/2005
Great to know who you are and who you are not. Pensive write.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 6/27/2005
Heavy bit of philosophizing here, Reindeer. A strong poem about your sense of what is in the cosmos. I like that, someone who knows what the hell they know and accepts it as them. Strange you write about wolves today, I did too, in a manner of speaking. Gotta love it.

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