Can You Hear The Howling?

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
This poem speaks of my struggle to come to terms with the loss of my sister to cancer. The Beast chased her to India and devoured her there.

Submitted: May 18, 2010

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Last night I heard the howling again.

The coyote's yes, in their midnight sojourn for supper

and wild cacophony of yipes and shrieks,

but that's not the howling I speak of;

the howling that haunts me comes from a deep,

lonely place inside of me.

I try to hide from it but it finds me,

it always finds me.

I heard it coming for me a few days ago

when a friend boarded a plane for India

and headed toward that mysterious place.

My sister went to India

because she wanted to be healed,

but instead she died there.

I never saw her again.

When I last spoke to her

it was over a scratchy telephone line

in the middle of the night.

She sang to me a morphine induced aria

from an opera I had never heard,

but I wish now I could remember those words.

And there it is again, that howling.

Can you hear it?


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