©Sue Ann Bowling
Long ago and far away
We made a bargain,
Your forefathers and ours.
One could find game, sharp-nosed, keen-eared, alert to every breeze.
One had spears to kill in safety.
One too often died beneath defending hooves
One too often found no target for his spears.
So we made the bargain:
One to find and one to kill, and the meat to share.
The years passed, and the bargain changed:And on the other side, the same:
Tend our flocks.
Fight our wars.
Pull our sledges.
Guard our children,
Lead our blind.
Love us, when all the world has abandoned us.
Share the food.
Share the fire.
Share our lives.
Wolf that was, how can I break the old bargain now?