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Quiet Companion


T.W. Martindale
Sagwu Usdi

Gracefully and silently he moves through the nightÖthe wolf.
He is searchingÖbut for what he does not know.

There is somethingÖsomething specialÖuniquely HIS.
It must be there ñ For it is just like himÖalone.

He cries a woeful, lonesome cry.
There is no answerÖjust the echo of his pleas into the night.

He cries, " Is someone there?
Someone who cares? One like meÖalso alone? ".

Listen! The silence roars!

Looking. Searching. NeedingÖ
A yearning need.

Stop! Look. ListenÖ
Yes. YesÖHe hears it. His quiet companion.

It whispers in the darkness, " Here I amÖHere I am.
Do you see me? Do - you - see - me? Remember me? "

Gently and softly it caresses his sensesÖ " I am here.
Reach out to me. Sing to me. Feel me. Know meÖ Love meÖ

YesÖI too have need of you.
Remember me? Someone aloneÖjust like you ".

" Where? Where are you? ",
The lone wolf cries.

" Here. Let me caress your faceÖyour soul.
Sing to me your soothing love songÖ and I will bathe you with my presence."

" YesÖYes, I remember.
We are not aloneÖyou and meÖ

And to you, I gladly sing my song of love and longingÖ
My friendÖ my loverÖThe Moon ñ My Quiet Companion ".

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Text © 1998 T. W. Martindale. E-mail:
Wolf graphic Adapted from illustration by Rien Poortvliet in Journey to the Ice Age 1993.

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