Wild Thing

Peggy Trojan

Deep in a secret place  
is a part of me
not many know.
Not passive, not resigned,
but fierce, and wild.
She has an animal form
with claws and sharp teeth.
Fur, thick and bristly.

I caution her when she wants
to come out of the dark.
I say, No, not now.
Be calm.  Be quiet.

She wants to run full speed,
to surprise , to shock.
Sometimes I hear her howling.

 
 
 Peggy Trojan

Peggy Trojan

Peggy Trojan retired in the northwoods of Wisconsin.  She published her first poem when she was seventy-seven, and has been enjoying writing ever since!  She is the author of a full collection, Essence, and three chapbooks, Everyday Love, Homefront: Childhood Memories of WWII, and Free Range Kids, winner of the Helen Kay Chapbook Prize.

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