Hello, and Good-bye

Wolf Myth:  Wolves will rip humans limb from limb, if given half a chance.
Wolf True Story:  This happened to me, so I know it’s true.
This last trip to Yellowstone, we hiked to Shoshone Lake.  We take this hike every time we go, unless the snow in late spring is still too deep.  When we got there, we sat by the lake for a while.  My husband decided to take a nap, while I walked around the lake for a bit.  When I returned an hour or so later, we packed up to go.  As we left the lakeside, we saw a very large pile of canine scat – way too big for coyote – at the trail head.   We could not have missed seeing this scat on the way in.  A large, black canine (also not coyote) was just disappearing into the tall grasses across the meadow.  A raven flew directly overhead.
The wolf must have come up, seen my husband asleep on the ground, left his calling card, and disappeared.  End of story.  No snarling, baring of teeth, menacing behavior, or death at the lake to report.
Here are some pictures and poems about Shoshone Lake – one of my favorite spots on earth.


Shine on, Shoshone Lake,
sparkle in the sun
glitter in cool blue beauty
dream of frogs croaking
in the moist meadow
as you kindle a calm spark within.


My Shoshone
perfect from every angle
heaven in every season –
the mind trails along your shore

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18 Responses to Hello, and Good-bye

  1. Monica says:

    Hello dear Laz and many thanks! Peace to you, my friend

  2. lazfreedman says:

    Love! the words photos, all 🙂
    Peace, my friend

  3. Monica says:

    And we call them beasts.

  4. zumpoems says:

    Unlike humans, other mammals rarely engage in conflict without an important purpose. I sometimes wonder though, why all the animals haven’t ganged up on all us humans to protect their future…. 🙂

  5. Monica says:

    Danke sehr, Jasmin. Es ist nicht schwer, mit so viel Schönheit!

  6. jasmindamaro says:

    monika sehr sehr schoene fotos gratulation jasmin

  7. Monica says:

    Thank you so much, Lafemmeroar!

  8. Lafemmeroar says:

    Beautiful poems. The imagery is so deep. Well done 🙂

  9. Monica says:

    It was such a thrill, Pen. I didn’t say, but this was not the Grebe Lake wolf – a different part of the park. Lots of beautiful black wolves there – may they thrive!

  10. Monica says:

    Thank you, dear Bluebee. Water in the American West is a very special treasure — as it is everywhere!

  11. penpusherpen says:

    I enjoyed the story Monica, and how you must have felt a thrill knowing a Wolf had been by and then left his calling card.. Magical… and such a treat you have served up… Poems and photo’s combine to make this a wonderful visit.. My thanks my friend.., such peace and tranquility.. would that it could always be so.. xPenx

  12. bluebee says:

    “perfect from every angle, heaven in every season” – such beautiful, apt words, Monica. It’s why these idyllic places never fail to calm and inspire

  13. Monica says:

    Thank you so much, Wath. It is a very special place. I can’t wait to get back there.

  14. Monica says:

    Please do, Josh! It just goes to show what you already know – that wolves are no threat to humans. Why do we think they are?

  15. this is a lovely post in words and pictures.
    the lake is just beautiful.

    thanks for sharing!

  16. What a great story I might have to use it as a reference in my blog sometime. Last time I was at this lake it was frozen over!

  17. Monica says:

    Many thanks, jacsprat!

  18. jacsprat says:

    Beautiful poems and pictures! I think we all need somewhere we can call our own Shoshone Lake where the calm sparks fly. 🙂

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