Text of the Poem
(Chinle, late winter, 1973, when the wolves came) Gray mist wolf from mountain frozen lake traveling southwest over deep snow crust singing Ah ouoo Ah ouoo the fog hangs belly high and the deer have all gone. Ah ouoo Ah ouoo Gray mist wolf following the edge of the Sun. wirling snow wolf spill the yellow-eyed wind on blue lake stars Orion Saturn. Swirling snow wolf tear the heart from the silence rip the tongue from the darkness Shake the earth with your breathing and explode gray ice dreams of eternity. Mountain white mist wolf frozen crystals on silver hair icy whiskers steaming silver mist from his mouth Gray fog wolf silent swift and wet howling along cliffs of midnight sky, you have traveled the years on your way to Black Mountain. Call to the centuries as you pass howling wolf wind their fear is your triumph they huddle in the distances weak. Lean wolf running where miles become faded in time, the urge the desire is always with me the dream of green eyes wolf as she reached the swollen belly elk softly her pale lavender outline startled into eternity.