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I Will Die In Peace
A poem.
[400 words]
Jennifer M Haynes
I'm 17 years old, I love to write, in the 12th grade, have 6 cats, live in Tennessee, have won several writing contests, hope to be able to get published "for real" some day.
[December 1999]
[email protected]
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I Will Die In Peace
Jennifer M Haynes

blinding whiteness envelopes me
in every direction I turn;
a biting wind chills me to the bone.
every breath I exhale
carries away a memory;
I no longer know how I got here.
this Northern Canadian wilderness
shows mercy for no man;
I expect to be buried in this snowy tomb.
in the silence of nature,
my snowshoes shuffle quietly;
the only other sound is the voice of my thoughts.
I accept my fate and take in
the peacefulness of being alone.
nothing can go wrong; I will die in peace.

but the peace is shattered
by five sets of staring eyes
peering over a nearby hill.
I can see white clouds rise and disappear
from the mouth of each animal,
the fang-lined jaws of the wolves.
I could feel their presence
before I even saw them,
a kingliness stemming from their beauty.
their coats glint in the sun,
as blinding in beauty as the snow in brightness.
instead of feeling fear, I am happy;
the wolves are so regal and far away;
I will die of the cold before they can touch me.
such a sight to see, those wonderful beasts,
silhouetted against the sky,
and no matter how many memories I lose,
that one will stay with me.
even as my heart slows and the snow covers my body,
I will keep that picture in my mind.
the shattered peace is put together again.
now nothing can go wrong; I will die in peace.

the pack leader, with a puff of air,
turns and leads the others to disappear over the hill;
how sad I am that they left,
but I can remember the royal image;
it will be the last thing I see.
a howl cuts through the air like lightning through the night;
faintly I hear the crunching of snow,
and over the hill comes the pack of five,
death, and pure instinct in their eyes.
they're coming for me.
as they near, I see their skin ripple with the muscle beneath,
power reflected in their saliva-dripping fangs,
heard in their hungry snarls.
the leader leaps to knock me to the ground;
my eyes can only see his beauty, his intelligence,
and just before he reaches me, our eyes meet.
silently I thank him,
for he gave me a wonderful portrait of power to keep.
I fall, feeling his weight on my chest,
feeling the bitter cold of the snow I collapse into.
I don't know why I'm here,
I don't know who I am,
but I am going to die.
the other wolves join in and I feel nothing,
for I am busy staring in awe
at wolves silhouetted against the sky,
the last think I see.
and I think,
now nothing can go wrong; I will die in peace.


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