Dream of the Lynx
~ John Haines
Beside a narrow trail in the blue
cold of evening, the trap is sprung,
and a growling deep in the throat
tells of life risen
to the surface of darkness.
The moon in my dream takes the shape
of animals who walk by its light
and never sleep, whose yellow eyes
are certain of what they seek.
Sinking, floating beneath the eyelid,
hairy shape of the slayer appears,
a shadow that crouches
hidden in a thicket of alders,
and the ever-deepening track
of the unseen, feeding host.