Why Did They Have to Die?
by Ashley Faison
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Why Did They Have to Die?
by Ashley Faison

A young male wolf went out on a hunt.
He left his young family behind,
a family of one female wolf
and seven cute little pups.

When the wolf came back,
gone only a day,
he brought nothing home with him,
so scarce now was their prey.

When he got home,
he was horrified to see
his mate and cub are missing,
and hes not certain why.

The smell of man was everywhere
with his footprints in the dirt
his family's blood on the ground,
he knew they had been hurt.

But with a hopeful heart
he wonders around searching,
and calls out there names,
and sits waiting parentally for an answering plea.

He thinks of all the times they spent
how much he loved them how much they meant'
and he slowly walked down to his den
with his head bent down low crawled in his den.

And he whimpered, then dreamed of there return.
The next morning he went up to the mountain
and called there names,
but not an answer to his plea was in the wind he heard.

Many moons later
certain of their death
every night he goes
and sings his mournful howl.

And forever more he shall live as a lone wolf
cause wolves only mate once for life,
but still ever night he dreams of their safe return,
and when he wakes up he wonders why did they have to die?

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