Keki Daruwalla

(1937 - / Lahore / British India (Pakistan))

Wolf - Poem by Keki Daruwalla

Fire-lit
half silhouette and half myth
the wolf circles my past
treading the leaves into a bed
till he sleeps, black snout
on extended paws.
Black snout on sulphur body
he nudged his way
into my consciousness.
Prowler, wind-sniffer, throat-catcher,
his cries drew a ring
around my night;
a child's night is a village
on the forest edge.
My mother said
his ears stand up
at the fall of dew
he can sense a shadow
move across a hedge
on a dark night;
he can sniff out
your approaching dreams;
there is nothing
that won't be lit up
by the dark torch of his eyes.
The wolves have been slaughtered now.
A hedge of smoking gun-barrels
rings my daughter's dreams.

[From 'The Glass-Blower: Selected Poems']


Comments about Wolf by Keki Daruwalla

  • paul amrod (2/17/2020 3:50:00 PM)

    A magnificent style. Quite direct and simple imagery but completely captivating. I enjoy this poet's fearless expressiveness. (Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (2/17/2020 1:53:00 AM)

    he nudged his way
    into my consciousness.
    Prowler, wind-sniffer, throat-catcher,
    his cries drew a ring.. Very good poem. tony
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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (2/17/2020 1:47:00 AM)

    Dreams about clever sniffing wolf being killed by gun shot surely serve as nightmare! Thanks for sharing this one of a kind poem here! (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (2/17/2020 1:06:00 AM)

    life in nightmare! ! ! (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (2/17/2020 12:44:00 AM)

    Wolf! ! ! !
    Forest's edge.


    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Prem Surya Kumar (7/17/2013 1:29:00 AM)

    Hillarious and a very original poem.... (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012



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