- How to recognize a werewolf
The old verses suggest a cannibal; a man who can tell youyou taste like pig. Here is the meaning in the myth:
A real werewolf howls not to the moon but for the moon.
He will say she is silver. Leviathan in the night window. So brightall he can see are stains in glass.
He will project a small madness on the monthly fulls.
He is the silver-blind gull calling to silver fish in the sea water.
Driven to blind-dive into the musk he steals without knowinghe's swallowed something whole. Real werewolves four-finger
your upper arm like the first man took the pomegranatefrom woman's land. He lotus positions himself in your door.
He deep kisses with flat plane eyes. He resonates on a frequencyso unknown you will long to receive his diseases.
He will discharge silver with his semen.In the throes, he will gull call. Gull call.
There will be weddings. There will be orbits.
He will tear out your throat unless you violate him overand over. [End Page 157]
B.A. Wingate is an ocean climate scientist and poet who grew up near Lake Erie. She currently resides in northern New Mexico with her partner, Geoffrey K. Vallis, and their parrot, Noah. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Terrain, Natural Bridge, Iowa Review, and Santa Fe Literary Review, and in several anthologies such as Looking Back to Place (Old School Books).