The Change, by Lana Dean Helm
“The Change” was published in Wolf Warriors IV by Thurston Howl Publications in 2017 under Lana Dean Highfill
Does a werewolf get brand new skin
with each full moon? If yes,
then, oh, to be a werewolf…
to live within this shell
you so delicately caress with passion
and then to slough it off
like a silk thrown to the floor: divine.
Under the skin of a werewolf
flows a blood in cycle with the sky.
Oh, to have blood with more purpose
than keeping this heart alive,
to burst forth from the stained
landscape of this body, to become
a huntress, giving song to the night.
Or does a werewolf slip back into
herself again and again, aging
as any woman does, graying
at her temples, no longer supple
to the touch? Then, no thank you.
I’ll stay in this skin of mine
and save but a whisper
for the deceitful hand of the moon.
Lana Dean Helm holds an MFA in Writing from Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR. She writes poetry in Southern Indiana, where she is an English professor, piano teacher, and dog sitter. Her interests include live music, comic books, sci-fi, and marine biology. Lana received a nomination for the 43rdAnnual Pushcart Prize for her poem, “Shadows of Birds.” Her poems have been published by Weasel Press, Tigershark Publishing, Thurston Howl Publications, Sediments Literary-Arts Journal, Slipstream Press,Lost Tower Publications, Halcyon Days Magazine, Blue Horse Press, you are here: the journal of creative geography, Three Drops Press, & Rose Red Review.