Haibun: I am Lone Wolf

For Sherry’s Prompt on Real Toads “Answer the wolf’s call with your poems about wildness and wolves, domesticity and mothers, daughters and sons, or your own fierce love for your child. Allow the passage quoted to take you where it pleases. Bring us back whatever you find.” And for the Midweek Motif on Poets United: Authenticity

Haibun: I am Lone Wolf
“The wolves knew when it was time to stop looking for what they’d lost, to focus instead on what was yet to come.”
― Jodi Picoult, Lone Wolf

Most of the time, I prefer to be alone; not part of the crowd. I prefer to wander in the forest and sniff the smells there, feel the heat/cold/rain/snow on my back. I prefer an honesty in my words and actions. If something is shite (IMHO) I prefer to say so and not shilly-shally with polite words. This has gotten me into trouble in the past and so, I prefer to be alone, with my honesty. I am a lone wolf. I only kill to eat, to leave behind forage for the pack roaming behind me. I prefer feeding rather than being fed. I can feed myself. Sometimes I am shot at, sometimes I am smiled at, most of the time I am left alone. I prefer honesty, or authenticity if you will. I don’t put down pretty words and prefer actually, that you be authentic with me. Let’s smell each other’s butts and see where the other has been, what the other has eaten. Sometimes I put my head back and howl at the moon, even when it is hidden by clouds.
fall comes like a storm –
it can be smelled on the wind –
inhale it deeply

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Frank J. Tassone
    Nov 05, 2019 @ 14:29:16

    Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #7: Toni Spencer’s latest #haibun for Sherry’s prompt at #withrealtoads!


  2. Sherry Marr
    Nov 05, 2019 @ 21:30:48

    Ah, I am rather a lone wolf too, Toni. I love silence, solitude, peace, and wandering in the forest. I have also been known to howl a time or two. Smiles. Thanks for writing to my prompt……..


  3. susanstoo
    Nov 06, 2019 @ 14:29:51

    I see how Sherry’s prompt and mine work together. I’m so happy you brought this amazing haibun here! I’m a bit of a lone wolf who rarely howls–unless you count the poetry.


  4. Marja
    Nov 06, 2019 @ 19:17:37

    That’s the way to be That is authentic Love the haiku


  5. Sumana Roy
    Nov 06, 2019 @ 23:03:41

    I love these powerful words and the way the spirit of the poem is captured in the end haiku. “fall comes like a storm –” Wonderful!


  6. kim881
    Nov 07, 2019 @ 07:04:40

    Your haibun speaks to me, Toni. I’m lupine at heart. You made me smile with: ‘Let’s smell each other’s butts and see where the other has been, what the other has eaten.’ There’s nothing like a good honest howl!


  7. sanaarizvi
    Nov 07, 2019 @ 11:45:49

    There is such strong emotion in this haibun, Toni! I especially like; “I don’t put down pretty words and prefer actually, that you be authentic with me.” ❤️


  8. purplepeninportland
    Nov 07, 2019 @ 11:58:55

    I don’t howl at the moon nearly enough.


  9. Rob Kistner
    Nov 07, 2019 @ 13:14:37

    Unhooded honesty here Toni. It requires courage and a tolerance of loneliness to live life unfiltered. My son has that strength. I have never been able to be that pure. My fear and ego demand I embrace my creativity and cleverness to express my heart.


    • kanzensakura
      Nov 07, 2019 @ 13:23:14

      LOL I am not pure by any means. Just a plain old Southern Girl that was taught how to catch a fly ball in a glove by my mother, how to look into the eyes of real and not flinch. My husband is the gentler of us and I love him for it. Ego? Only in the Latin definition. I prefer self-esteem. I learned to stand up to fear in a professional kitchen and how to wield a katana by a descendant of the Samurai. My father taught me to take no quarter and not to give it.


  10. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Nov 08, 2019 @ 06:36:53

    You make lone wolf-hood sound very enticing! (Though my alter ego is more the big cat prowling the jungle, lol.) The closing haiku is wonderful.


    • kanzensakura
      Nov 08, 2019 @ 10:03:37

      Thank you. Sometimes I am a lone wolf, other times I am a big cat…I like being a big cat prowling the best!

      Sent from Mail for Windows 10



  11. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Nov 09, 2019 @ 12:24:53

    I wonder sometimes… I think I will always be part o lone wolf and part running with the pack…


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