October 2016: I Would Love

~by Virginia Rhys-Anson

I would love to meet a wolf

-Or a deer

-Or a snowy owl

Or any of God’s wild creatures

-In its own home


I would love to hold out my hand

-And have it lick me

-And pet its head

-Or hug its neck


I would love that this creature sense

-That I am no threat

-That I long for commune with it

-That I love it.


I would love for it to feel

-Totally safe with me

To accept me into its pack

-Or its herd

-Or its pride

-Or its flock


Yet I wish not such connection

-Such consort

-Such trust

If it means that a creature

-Becomes too comfortable with

-Loses its fear of

–The human animal

For that would be a dangerous thing

–For the creature


So, for the sake of

-For the safety of

-For the survival of

-God’s wild creatures

I will live my dream

-Merely in imaginings



I would love to meet a wolf

-Or a deer

-Or a snowy owl


Virginia Anson grew up in the shadows of Sandia Crest in New Mexico. Family camping trips may have sparked her passion for nature. She holds an A.S. in Electronics Technology, a B.A. in Writing, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and a certificate in Wildlife/Forestry Conservation. Her book, Mother Earth’s Caretakers, targets middle school youngsters and is published as an e-book for Kindle. Virginia is a Vietnam Era veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and her volunteer endeavors see her as a lector, Eucharistic minister, and sacristan in her parish and as a habitat steward for the National Wildlife Federation. She especially cherishes her life in the Secular Franciscan Order, following in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi.


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