Woden's Meditations I In my ennui I leaned Looking across the breaking wave-crests, Around the coagulating seaweed Brown patched at the brim Of the ocean's patterned slosh. From the mountains wolves howled Pulling me back with their love, Tying affection to me They paced the forest's edge Shaggy with tongues lolling, Elated, those gray, glossy Jumping bright beasts. II I took them to the backwood Timberline where we sniffed The pungent scent of deer From the wind's warmth. I let them turn to the dead-end Letting them see In their rim-world What they could do. Fleeing the boxed in Canyon the deer flew Before my howling pack Till their howling was sated. III I would see them hunt alone Someday in gaunt packs Sprawled through elk forests And snows of caribou Till a hundred years go by I would see them grow Calling my blessing forth To their fierce hearts' Howling the last arctic Corner for hollow-eyed Fleeing musk ox In my midnight sun. IV There would be time In the green sea To teach the docile shark The smell of blood; The killer whale to rip The blue-fin's lips loose; The otter to tear- Frolicking fish up. Even to make piranha From the raging anger Of my meditating The coming of man.