National Geographic by D.E.G. Owart

(collage by Richard Denner)






A dying caribou trembles

as wolves tear it's shocked flesh.

A red rose, the beating heart

the pink snow, the arctic sun--

Wolves, hovering and snapping,

canine teeth dripping blood, melt

into the frozen tundra.






A hawk dips low, screaming at

it's mirror image in a

still river winding through hills

whose golden heads rise to crowns

of deep magenta between

whose cleavage emerald leaves lie--

like queens, their velvet robes spread

round about their autumn thrones.