Friday, March 21, 2008

The Wolf's Eyelash!

I am reading the book ' Women Who Run With The Wolves' nowadays and there is a poem which captured me and I am quoting here. The story behind the poem is - there is a young woman who is told not to go in the woods for there might be scary wolves, but she wants and goes there. She finds there a trapped wolf who asks for help. While she is scared but still she helps him. And as a grateful gesture he gives her a gift of blessing in form of his eye lash and tells : "Use this, and be wise. From now on you will know who is good and not so good; just look through my eyes and you will see clearly.

For letting me live,
I bid you live
in a manner as never before.
Remember, there is only one question
worth asking fair maiden,
aieeeeeeeee th'
And so she went back to her village,
happy to still have her life.
And this time as they said,
'Just stay here and be my bride',
or 'Do as I tell you',
or Say as i want you to say,
and remain as unwritten upon
as the day you came',
she held up the wolf's eyelash
and peered through
and saw their motives
as she had not seen them before.
And the next time
the butcher weighed the meat
she looked through her wolf's eyelash
and saw that he weighed his thumb too.
And she looked at her suitor
who said 'I am so good for you'
and she saw that her suitor
was so good for exactly nothing.
And in this way and more,
she was saved,
from not all,
but from many,
And she saw those who were truly kind
and went near to them,
she found her mate
and stayed all the days of her life,
she discerned the brave
and came close to them,
she apprehended the faithful
and joined with them,
she saw bewilderment under anger
and hastened to sooth it,
she saw love in the eyes of the shy
and reached out to them,
she saw suffering in the stiff-lipped
and courted their laughter,
she saw need in the man with no words
and spoke for him,
she saw faith deep in the woman
who said she had none,
and rekindled hers from her own.
she saw all things
with her lash of wolf,
all things true,
and all things false,
all things turning against life
and all things turning toward life,
all things seen only
through the eyes of that
which weighs the heart with heart,
and not with mind alone.

This is how she learned that it is true what they say, that the wolf is the wisest of all. If you listen closely, the wolf in its howling is always asking the most important question- not where is the next food, not where is the next fight, not where is the next dance?-

but the most important question
in order to see into and behind,
to weigh the value of all that lives,
aieeeeeeee th'
Where is the soul?

Go out in the woods, go out. If you don't go out in the woods, nothing will ever happen and your life will never begin.

Go out in the woods,
go out.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! This one is really great! This book was very popular some time ago here in Slo., but i've never read it. I didn't have clue it's so inspiring.
    "Go out in the woods, go out..." Yea, i will do exactly that. Sometimes in the woods i've felt the energy of woolf...