The Babies Eat Tonight

She squatted down on her haunches ready and alert

her thick wolf fur flecked with wet dirt

eyes never leaving the prey

the babies will eat tonight if she has her way

Her powerful muscles are ready

her hunting instincts honed and steady

in the den not far away

her pups haven’t eaten since yesterday

When the right moment came

during a light rain

she successfully seized her prey

now the babies would eat today