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.