The Inquisitive Creature

The Inquisitive Creature

Be a tad curious, see what's to see

lurking beneath the brush amid wild

environs of leaf, stone, and water,

the habitat of denizens above and below

ground, its intricate score harmonizing

chirps and tweets with snorts and howls,

imbuing sublime wonder and fear alike.


Here the boar roam through tall grasses,

grunting at upright comers;

there a hart darts through hills,

leaping with admirable élan

even as piebald horses gallop the plain,

gouging out divots in their wake.




The pawky vixen stalks a gosling

by the lakelet, its sheen reflecting

midday's brilliance; blissfully oblivious,

postprandial heifers casually discharge dollops

while vulturine overseers survey from heights,

riding air currents with predatory expertness.


Their plumes rippling surfaces artfully,

black swans glide with grace and elegance,

diverting trout and bass and caressing

with webbed feet the dorsal carapaces of turtlets.

Slithering along the overhanging bough,

an ophidian neighbor extrudes a forked tongue,

testing the breeze for alluring scents.



Along trails bipedal footsteps proceed,

unsettling woodchips and gravel, bypassing

concupiscent canines engaged in anilingus;

in mountain caverns ahead, wolves

slumber till dusk then surreptitiously prowl

for tarrying hares and unsuspecting groundhogs.


Nature's ensemble varies per degrees

of light and darkness,

ever staging the tensions and teamwork

characteristic of life's gyre, a precarious saga

arrayed before valorous observers.


Photos by Author

Brandon Marlon is a writer from Ottawa, Canada. He received his B.A. in Drama and English from the University of Toronto and his M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. His poetry was awarded the Harry Hoyt Lacey Prize in Poetry (Fall 2015), and his writing has been published in 165+ publications in twenty-three countries.