Can you see them?
I can not…

Listening, I hear them.
On either side of me,
One helplessly howling
and pleading.
The other replying
with what sounds like
a laughing taunt.

They get louder,
then silent.
I’m not certain,
who is tracking whom?
Am I getting closer,
or are they?

I found a single track,
perhaps they did as well.
I never did see them,
they stayed well hidden
in the brush,
and snow dusted Manzanita.
The track
lead into confusion,
I didn’t follow.

If they are predators,
pretending to be helpless
to lure their prey.
Then am I a predator
preying on the broken
to feel strong?