Poem: “Wizard”


A coyote running for the brush
Behind a screen of sun-lit leaves
Ginger-ivory, blur and flash,
Through the trees it bores and weaves

Wizard go and find your den
Dogs have traced the scent of you,
Enigma of the race of men
The slavish kill the feral few

If they catch the mark of scent
On any sapling on the hill,
Then on your trail the dogs go bent,
They will find your pups and kill

But if a single dog should chase
Your shadow and go in too far,
If it find your dug-out place
It will have found the beast you are

When the deer have smelled your mark
They leave the forest if they can,
Although they have no fear at all
Of slow and sentimental man

Soon I think there may be more
Than dogs and hikers on the track,
Hunters on the trail of war,
Famine and the rifle’s crack

May 5, 2011

Pavel Chichikov is a Washington DC-based poet and photographer. He has written for both the secular and the Catholic press on issues as diverse as Russian nuclear weapons systems, Olympic athletes, and miracles. His books include From Here to Babylon: Poems by Pavel Chichikov,  Lion Sun: Poems by Pavel Chichikov, Mysteries and Stations in the Manner of Ignatius, and Animal Kingdom. Pavel may be heard reading his works on catholicradiointernational.com and on pavelreads.com. His poetry regularly appears on "The Poetry of Pavel Chichikov."