Sarah Kobrinsky

Aware Wolf

Let’s call him Phil. Phil teaches yoga.
All his students say,
“My, what tight yoga pants you have!”
“The better to do downward dog,”
he bows with his paws in prayer.

He goes to the Farmers Market
to get groceries for the week.
All the vendors say,
“Gee, what sharp teeth you have!”
“The better to eat locally-sourced,
grass-fed organic meat,” he says.

In the evening, he sits in the park
to watch his predatory thoughts,
to watch the sun go down.
All the people say,
“Phil, what still haunches you have!”
“The better to do nothing with.”

(from Nighttime on the Other Side of Everything, New Rivers Press 2019)