Christmas with the Wolverine
Hike an alpine hill, remote,
past the fox and mountain goat.
Seek a creature most elusive--
solitary, lone, reclusive.
Here’s a paw print in the snow
and… a sprig of mistletoe.
There! Beneath an evergreen…
the shy but feisty Wolverine!
Careful. Don’t approach too fast
nature sightings only last
if you move with grace and care
and watch your subject, unaware.
First observe the creature, fierce,
raise a razor claw to pierce
berries on a silken line
and string them on the winter pine.
In its native habitat
see it… knit a Santa hat,
brew a pot of herbal tea,
hang an ice-star on the tree.
Now, beneath a rising moon
it growls… a jingle-bell-ish tune.
The strangest nature sight we’ve seen
is Christmas with the Wolverine.
I'll be exercising my writing and rhyming muscles this winter with holiday poems. Here's my first one...and I hope there will indeed be a #2, etc. If anyone reads this and likes it, send me an encouraging word, so I'll be motivated to make more.