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Blue Wolves Move In An Indigo Wood

written by: Eric Robert Nolan

@ericrnolan1

 

Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.”
— Carl Gustav Jung

 

All the colors are off —
Blue wolves move in an indigo wood
Their cobalt backs arrive, arising
Like coarse dorsal fins over
low-lying orange flora,
their beryl heads hung low — every
aquiline cerulean nose is angled down —
tracing the escape of a flaming hare —
their racing red rabbit has evaded them again.

Dreams leave all our long nights’ inner canvases
in singular tints and incongruous
strange iridescence.
Reason, here, is pariah.
Senses are its surrogates.
Vision its impostor
in the illogic’s ether:

Slow stars arc in scarlet.
Racing sable comets
make black wakes against
blinding white night.
A full moon rises in violet —
the fat and full and low-lying fruit of a
dark and overripe plum.

Yellow bucks bounce
high and away in the wolves’ wake —
sun-colored stags beat bright retreat
a running herd of burning gold —
all sunlit sinewed limbs and flashing hooves.

Flurries of green quail flutter,
flushed from fushia grasses —
alate bladed emeralds, blazing away.
The verdant birds burnish silhouettes —
angles on lunar lavender.

But ever all the blue wolves ignore the moon.
Each arrows forth in formation
ardently advancing —
oblivious to bucks and disregarding birds.
It’s the hare that they’re after —
its crimson prints
lure azure noses
and bait the ordered forward pace
of the great broad and blue padded paws.

In a surprising eloquence,
one predator’s head
rises and sonorously
sounds its disinterest.

“See, then, dreamer, see,
what evades the lucid wit at dawn.
The obvious moon is the obvious girl;
your love is a glaring suggestion —
as bare-faced and as common
as a hundred thousand loves that came before — her face
turning and facing away is as plain
as a routine moonrise, but we,
we are the Jungian Shadow.
And our red hare is your red hare
And hare for one and all.”

The predator’s head is an arrow —
its broad blue ears angle back
as its blue nose rises and scents.
And its voice is song.

“See then, dreamer, see
what confounds the heart at noon.
The stags to which we’re indifferent
Are the heroes of your childhood.
The flight of every bird is your every
moment of loss, but we,
we are the Jungian Shadow.
And our red hare is your red hare
and hare for one and all.”

Then the blue nose dips
to sniff the ground again
in the predator’s diligence. If
this wolf’s tones were physical,
they would be blue tears.

“See then, dreamer, see
what escapes the brain at day, see,
Arriving at your reservoir,
that its pedestrian waters
though shallow, still may drown
in existential death, so rather
hunt at its circumference
the red of a Collective hope.
We are the Jungian Shadow.
And our red hare is your red hare
and hare for one and all.”

Finally its eyes soften,
running from burning blue cobalt
to the warm sky-blue of hopeful new boyhood summers, and yet,
its sad irises reflect
a distant dancing red:
a spinning flame –a prancing hare.

“See, then, dreamer, see
what renders your pain as prosaic —
the racing red flame of the hare.
It might have tempted Ovid once
or pained the painters of caves,
baiting them as their discovered fire
first turned stone to a nocturnal
canvas — the clay
reddened their hands but they
could only glimpse an inner quarry,
as you glimpse it, now,
turning away
from your minutiae.”

“See, then, dreamer, see.
See a universal grief
and a shared catharsis
rendered in red in your sleep:
blood red, the color of prey,
sunset red at end of day,
flame, the color of pain
and, yet, created light.”

“See, then, dreamer, see.
Hunt with us and hear our call.
Our red hare is your red hare
and hare for one and all.”

Eric Robert Nolan

Eric Robert Nolan

Eric's poetry and short stories have been featured by publications throughout the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia and India. His debut novel is the postapocalyptic science fiction story, "The Dogs Don’t Bark In Brooklyn Any More," published by Dagda Publishing in the United Kingdom in 2013. He has been published in six anthologies. Eric’s science fiction/horror story, “At the End of the World, My Daughter Wept Metal,” was nominated for the Sundress Publications 2018 Best of the Net Anthology. He is a past editor for the dystopian arts and literature journal, "The Bees Are Dead."
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