Little Red Riding Hood Meets The Three Little Pigs

Lamentation

 Kill for pleasure
kill for hate
kill to merely eradicate

 It’s been done before
and will happen again
the sword proves mightier
than the pen

 Powered by myth
fueled by fear
reason alone will not prevail here

 No safety it seems
for those who bear
the ancient burden of slanderous fare

 Fairy stories the old wives tell
drive regulation
in Western hell

What a red tongue you have, Grandma!

This wolf and his white mate were a few feet away when we first saw them.  They could have ripped us limb from limb had they wanted to.  But they demonstrated only curiosity and some concern – we were two of the first humans to intrude on their territory – probably close to a den – after a long winter.

                                    This was not taken with a telephoto lense.  This fellow was on his way to a dead elk and stopped to take a look.  There was no threat in his eyes – simply curiosity.

Wolf hunters are the only hunters who hate what they kill.
Can this be permitted?
Do our survival instincts require us to find an enemy?

praying for mitigation, softening, protection

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16 Responses to Little Red Riding Hood Meets The Three Little Pigs

  1. Androgoth says:

    You are right my great friend, these Wolves are hunted through the hatred of man, luckily not all of share those feelings but for those that do then they should be ashamed of themselves for hunting down such a majestic and wondrously fine animal… The world has gone quite mad

    Androgoth XXx

    • Monica says:

      Dear Androgoth, You said I would someday see a wolf at the end of our mountain cabin road. I keep looking out the window for something, but have less hope now.

  2. gageier says:

    Hallo einen schönen Abend noch,habe da eine Frage,die Wölfe kann man die beobachten in freier Wildbahn,es ist einfach toll solche Tiere zu bebachten das muss sehr schön sein.Danke auch für die anderen schönen Bilder.Viele Grüsse Klaus

    • Monica says:

      ja, Klaus, in freier Wildbahn könnte man die Wölfe beobachten – mit vieles Glück – aber jetzt – dass die Dreharbeiten hat begonnen, ist viel weniger wahrscheinlich, und ich kann für es nicht mehr wünschen

  3. lazfreedman says:

    I want to be a Wolf, and guard the pack
    All the Best my friend,
    Peace,
    Laz

  4. bluebee says:

    A very clever poem, Monica – fear and fairy stories and an absence of reason and rational thought leads to many of the world’s ills – why do the hunters fear the wolves so?

    • Monica says:

      to so many ills – yes, Bluebee. Why the fear? Perhaps a combination of the understandable desire to protect home, family, domestic animals, perceived loss of livelihood, hating to be dictated to by the federal government… I’m trying not to diminish real needs. If only those needs could be met in some other way. But people would have to talk to each other for that to happen. And of course wolves represent the truly untameable.

  5. penpusherpen says:

    So true, Monica, man is the only hated/hating/hateful hunter, who takes lives for sport or with any excuse that’s handed to him on a plate by those who should know better. We will never learn and I hang my head in sorrow and shame. xPenx

  6. Monica says:

    I do, too, Pen. I listened to a fellow in Yellowstone talk about how wolves kill for pleasure – all the lambs in a fold, for example. I wonder, do wolves have the time and energy for this? No – only people do.

  7. sandy says:

    Well said, Monica.
    Great shots of the wolf, too.

  8. penpusherpen says:

    Hi Monica I notice you were off to visit Yellowstone, are you now returned?.. and were you lucky enough to get a sighting at all? …. Hope you and yours are well my friend. xPenx

    • Monica says:

      Dear Pen, Still in Yellowstone – actually Grand Tetons now, where computers and cell phones still rule. Boy, did I have a sighting! I can’t wait to edit the video. Yellowstone inspires many poems, too. Thank you for asking – thinking of you and hoping all is well. Best to you – Monica

  9. zumpoems says:

    Very passionate poem! (You might enjoy http://zumpoems.com/2011/07/25/better-than/ — sort of a animal-rights poem — from the voice of the mal-adjusted perpetrator.)

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