Sentinel of the Rainforest



In the heart of ancient forests, where sunbeams waltz on tops of trees,
Roosevelt elk stands tall, his antlers crowned like autumn eaves.
His eyes held secrets whispered by the wind, and hooves imprinted tales,
For he was more than flesh and bone—a legend woven in the trails.

As dawn painted the sky in hues of amber and rose,
The elk emerged from shadowed groves, where dew-kissed moss hang in pose.
His breath, a misty hymn, echoed through fern-clad glades,
And the forest bowed in reverence to the monarch of the shades.

But destiny weaves threads of challenge, and so it came to pass,
That a pack of wolves, eyes ablaze, tracked the elk through tangled grass.
Their hunger gnawed like winter’s frost, their fangs a primal plea,
To test the mettle of the elk—their prey, a mystic symphony.

Through sun-dappled meadows and whispering brooks they raced,
The elk’s hooves drumming rhythms of defiance, grace, and haste.
He leaped over fallen logs, his breath a tempest’s song,
While the wolves pursued, relentless, their hunger fierce and strong.

As twilight painted the world in indigo and silver strands,
The elk reached the river’s edge, where destiny lay in his hands.
The wolves closed in, their eyes aflame, teeth bared in primal thirst,
But the elk, undeterred, plunged into the current—a gamble, a burst.

The river roared, its icy grip tugging at the elk’s sturdy frame,
Yet he swam with the strength of ancient glaciers, fueled by ancestral flame.
The wolves hesitated, wary of the churning depths, the wild unknown,
And as the elk reached the far bank, victory etched in every bone.

He stood there, water streaming from his flanks, a living myth,
The wolves howling in defeat, their hunger thwarted, their spirits adrift.
The forest whispered praises, leaves rustling in awe,
For the elk had danced with fate, and in that dance, found his flaw.

The majestic sentinel of the forest, battle-scarred but unbowed,
Vanished into the moonlit shadows, a legend woven in the shroud.
His hooves would echo through time, a symphony of courage and might,
As the trees bow to his Majesty, honoring the elk’s triumphant plight.
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Written on May 31, 2024

Submitted by ChrisMorganroth on May 31, 2024

Modified by ChrisMorganroth on May 31, 2024

1:59 min read
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Quick analysis:

Scheme XXAA BBCC DDEE FFGG HHII JJKK XXLL MMNN
Closest metre Iambic octameter
Characters 2,174
Words 397
Stanzas 8
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Chris E Morganroth IV

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6 Comments
  • Dianejean57
    I love it.
    LikeReply 127 days ago
  • Courtnie.mckern
    I can feel your love for wolves and I would enjoy reading a novel about them!! They are magnificent animals
    LikeReply 129 days ago
  • Courtnie.mckern
    I love this! It tells a beautiful story of courage and determination
    LikeReply 129 days ago
  • BenRidley
    Hi Chris, this one really was so enjoyable to read and for me the rhymes and rhythms really worked effectively to match the tale as you unfolded it. No mean feat with the meter as well.

    On that note, a poet’s question if you’ll entertain the curiosity I have: did you set out to write it in that octameter or did the octameter call to you once you’d started composing the poem? As someone interested to think about how we compose poems and to what extent we do so in feeling/ instinct versus (not excluding) with careful plotting of our lines and verses. It depends perhaps! 
    LikeReply 11 month ago
    • ChrisMorganroth
      I have been writing poetry for 40 years. It is immensely enjoyable. I write short stories as well. My favorite genre is Nature and the Pacific Northwest in particular. I thought about writing this poem for a while and it came to me in the middle of the night a good chunk of it. I am now dabbling in writing an entire novel about wolves as characters(Protagonists) in legend format. Here is to hoping in will be meaningful to someone! 
      LikeReply 21 month ago
    • BenRidley
      It shows. So interesting, I see now it has a clear vision and came more spontaneously at first than in a planned way! This could be the poem read to a group at night by the fire during a longer saga tale in my imagination.

      A great love to have of Pacific Northwest - can’t help but think you have developed a strong heroic voice for your poem, look forward to reading more of your work on here.
       
      LikeReply 11 month ago
  • alanswansea18
    I was thinking that same thing.
    LikeReply 11 month ago
  • alanswansea18
    Beautiful I love nature.
    LikeReply 11 month ago
    • ChrisMorganroth
      wrote this one because you said you like nature poems.... thank you!
      LikeReply 11 month ago

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