Saturday, August 27, 2016


It's the lack of wildness
that's turning me wild
and feral
in this furnished space;
curving my spine,
bending me four-footed,

Animal -
spirit of suburban streets.
an animal.

Four-footed -
an animal -
I tear at the civilized skin.
Swift to the scent of the marrow

of this furnished space where blood has been
bending me

Playing at being "megafauna" (an animal greater than 100 pounds) for Gillena's prompt at Real Toads


Sioux said...

Tearing at the "civilized skin." What a cool image.

Gillena Cox said...

Girl's gotta get her wilds on, or she goes feral, i hear you

Thanks for your response

much love...

Sherry Blue Sky said...

We wild ones do have a problem with confined spaces. I loved this. Ow-woo!!!!!!!

brudberg said...

That civilized skin itch so much... A fun write.

Kim M. Russell said...

A great response to the prompt. I love the idea of a 'spirit of suburban streets' tearing at the 'civilized skin'.

Rommy said...

This could also describe the transformation into a werewolf, with all it's attendant mythology. Really nicely vivid imagery.


I read your title as "Forfeited." And when you talk about your spine being bent, I think you're talking about aging, doubling over. Civilization is making you sick. Your body is getting older, and you're pissed that life is as boring and "bloodless" (mentioned at the end) as it is.

"Bending me" at the end means that the world is bending you to its will. You are not a wild animal. You are a forfeited animal ... which is making you feel "wild" (and angry) inside because you're desperate to figure out how to fight against it, to make it stop.

That's what I see, anyway. You repeated "four-footed" (forfeited), "feral" (fear all), and "animal" (an eye-maul) too many times to not be suggesting something other than what you're saying on the top level.

Fireblossom said...

I'm leaving you out at night. ;-)

debi said...

Makes me want to bay at the moon.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Bugs Bunny: Why Grandma, you're just a wolf in cheap clothing!

I knew you had a tendency for lycanthropy!