Tell me again, but not above a whisper
I am tangled in between every sound
A voice nearly as sweet as hard candy
Persistent as a bumblebee’s clamoring

My words available, however breathless
Upon an ear such as yours, exploited
A curse, even you find hard to ignore
Listen, beauty aches, misunderstood

Though I run every day with the wolves
Feral in every way but two, the deeds
The language of your heart won’t miss
Lay down your poison arrows, fire at will

Tracking control among trees, primal
Murmurs, of wisps cling as they guide
Wolf’s confident charge glazes through
Your spirit soothes, submission, I lack

I ask not for your acquiescence in step
Humility is not a weakness you own
My desire is to hear the song, in part
That I might find this rhythm intoned

I stand forward, shedding perfect layers
My tenacity empowered, of this I know
Underneath layers of cimmerian leaves
Among light, where do amorous women go?

To my surprise, an email from Johnny Ojanpera arrived in my inbox a few days ago with a collaboration request for my consideration. Moments like this one don’t come around often enough. I’ll admit to being rather shocked. Humbled, more appropriately. Johnny thought I’d need to stop and think about whether or not writing with him was an interest?! Umm, yes, please.

My only warning to him, however, was to be careful, as I’d proven to be a bit on the vulnerable side as of late. Yes, this was my attempt at scaring him away. He laughed, which I adored. I guess I don’t frighten Johnny. Living life with a creative wife has him covered in suitable armor, I suppose.

I am pleased with our poem, Johnny, thank you for your lead.

Johnny’s talent speaks for itself and can be found on his blog:Β  Johnny Ojanpera ~ The Words I Didn’t Forget.
Johnny proves to be incredibly intelligent, which I admire, and any applause over our effort should be directed towards his poetic ability.

Thanks for making poetry easy, Johnny. β™‘


32 thoughts on “Murmur

  1. I had so much fun writing this, Audrey. I am most famous for not taking hints, and I think that’s why you didn’t scare me away. Your energy is contagious, and it was my pleasure to ‘mix words’ with you. Thank you! πŸ™‚


  2. Great poem guys! It reminded me a lot of David Guetta’s “She-Wolf” music video, which has inspired a poem or two of my own on wolves.

    Also reminded me of this quote I’ve paired in the past with one of my wolf poems:

    β€œTo run with the wolf was to run in the shadows, the dark ray of life, survival and instinct. A fierceness that was both proud and lonely, a tearing, a howling, a hunger and thirst. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst. A strength that would die fighting, kicking, screaming, that wouldn’t stop until the last breath had been wrung from its body. The will to take one’s place in the world. To say β€˜I am here.’ To say β€˜I am.’”
    ― O.R. Melling


  3. I love what y’all came up with, Audrey! Who says poetry is a solitary endeavor?? You and Johnny have come up with something truly special — and I can only imagine what fun it was to collaborate on it! Another gorgeous flower, too!


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