Late one afternoon on a back road in Idaho, coming back from town;
A movement in the distance caught my eye, so I decided to slow down.
There was something in the distance, I could see the glow of yellow eyes;
Solemn and knowing, waiting, oh how these eyes shined!?
But, as my headlights held his steady gaze, I could not yet make out its kind.
He appeared to be as large as a St. Bernard!
And remained 10 feet away, as he watched me with a strange regard!
Then, he began to move slowly in a crouch low to the ground;
Soon, the animal pounces effortlessly upon a rock, remarkably without a sound.
Suddenly! He jumps effortlessly from his perch on the rock;
At this unsuspected action, my heart begins to knock!
He lands on my car’s hood, then through my windshield peers in on me;
I was mesmerized by his grandeur and gentleness, so it seemed.
I should back my car up and leave this place;
But the creature calls my attention, by way of his steady gaze!
I was drawn to his solemn stare, I felt him saying he is incredibly lonely;
I want to reach out, but afraid to leave my car, not just me alone, only!
“What do I do now”, I said to myself;
When this wolf appeared before me, with such stellar and stealth!
I knew he possessed the strength to kill me, yet strangely, I felt only peace;
But just as calmness seemed to take me, the wolf took his leave!
The Wolf remained by my car, so I opened my window just enough, and I began to speak;
Hopefully to soothe our fears, and bring us both some calm relief.
I softly called to him “sweet one” and heartily I smiled;
He whined softly, then moved closer to my car’s side.
He then leaned in with his body, and turned his face to mine;
He howled then with longing, or so I did decide!
I wanted to remove our barrier, and reach out to touch his head;
But fear kept me inside my walls, so I spoke to him instead!
The beautiful beast stayed where he was, his glistening gaze followed;
I felt such pain in my heart, wondering why his eyes held such sorrow!
But alas, I knew I could not stay, and I began to back away;
However, the wolf seemed to plead with me, begging me to stay.
They say the wolf is mystical, and yes, I would agree;
For my encounter with this iconic predator, only brought me peace.
Now, a tear slips slowly down my face as I remembered his;
And the indelible mark upon my heart, inscribed when my eyes met his!