Wolf
The Wolf's Eyelash


Spacer If you don't go out in the woods, nothing will ever happen and your life will never begin.
Spacer "Don't go out in the woods, don't go out," they said.
Spacer "Why not? Why should I not go out in the woods tonight?" she asked.
Spacer "A big wolf lives there who eats humans such as you. Don't go out in the woods, don't go out. We mean it."







Spacer Naturally she went out. She went out in the woods anyway, and of course she met the wolf, just as they had warned her.
Spacer "See, we told you," they crowed.
Spacer "This is my life, not a fairy tale, you dolts," she said. "I have to go to the woods, and I have to meet the wolf, or else my life will never begin."
Spacer But the wolf she encountered was in a trap, in a trap this wolf's leg was in.
Spacer "Help me, oh help me! Aieeeee, aieeee, aieeee!" cried the wolf. "Help me, oh help me!" he cried, "and I shall reward you justly." For this is the way of wolves in tales of this kind.
Spacer "How do I know you won't harm me?" she asked--it was her job to ask questions. "How do I know you will not kill me and leave me lying in my bones?"
Spacer "Wrong question," said this wolf. "You'll just have to take my word for it." And the wolf began to cry and wail once again and more.
Spacer "Oh, aieee! Aieeee! Aieeee!
Spacer There's only one question
Spacer worthy asking fair maiden,
Spacer wooooooooor
Spacer aieeeee th'
Spacer soooooooool?"
Spacer "Oh you wolf, I will take a chance. Alright, here!" And she sprang the trap and the wolf drew out its paw and this she bound with herbs and grasses.
Spacer "Ah, thank you kind maiden, thank you," sighed the wolf. And because she had read too many of the wrong kind of tales, she cried, "Go ahead and kill me now, and let us get this over with."
Spacer But no, this did not come to pass. Instead this wolf put his paw upon her arm.
Spacer "I'm a wolf from another time and place," said he. And plucking a lash from his eye, he gave it to her and said, "Use this, and be wise. From now on you will know who is good and not so good; just look through my eyes and you will see clearly.
Spacer For letting me live,
Spacer I bid you live
Spacer in a manner as never before.
Spacer Remember, there's only one question
Spacer worthy asking fair maiden,
Spacer wooooooooor
Spacer aieeeee th'
Spacer soooooooool?"

Spacer And so she went back to her village,
Spacer happy to still have her life.
Spacer And this time as they said,
Spacer "Just stay here and be my bride,"
Spacer or "Do as I tell you,"
Spacer or "Say as I want you to say,
Spacer and remain as unwritten upon
Spacer as the day you came," she held up the wolf's eyelash
Spacer and peered through
Spacer and saw their motives
Spacer as she had not seen them before.
Spacer And the next time
Spacer the butcher weighed the meat,
Spacer she looked through her wolf's eyelash
Spacer and saw that he weighed his thumb too.
Spacer And she looked at her suitor
Spacer who said "I am so good for you,"
Spacer and she saw that her suitor
Spacer was so good for exactly nothing.
Spacer And in this way and more,
Spacer she was saved,
Spacer from not all,
Spacer but from many
Spacer misfortunes.

Spacer But more so, in this new seeing, not only did she see the sly and cruel, she began to grow immense in heart, for she looked at each person and weighed them anew through this gift from the wolf she had rescued.
Spacer And she saw those who were truly kind
Spacer and went near to them,
Spacer and found her mate
Spacer and stayed all the days of her life,
Spacer she discerned the brave
Spacer and came close to them,
Spacer she apprehended the faithful
Spacer and joined with them,
Spacer she saw bewilderment under anger
Spacer and hastened to soothe it,
Spacer she saw love in the eyes of the shy
Spacer and reached out to them,
Spacer she saw suffering in the stiff-lipped
Spacer and courted their laughter,
Spacer she saw need in the man with no words
Spacer and spoke for him,
Spacer she saw faith deep in the woman,
Spacer who said she had none,
Spacer and rekindled hers from her own.
Spacer She saw all things
Spacer with her lash of wolf
Spacer all things true,
Spacer and all things false,
Spacer all things turning against life
Spacer and all things turning toward life,
Spacer all things seen only
Spacer through the eyes of that
Spacer which weighs the heart with heart,
Spacer and not with mind alone.

Spacer This is how she learned that it is true what they say, that the wolf is the wisest of all. If you listen closely, the wolf in its howling is always asking the most important question--not where is the next food, not where is the next fight, not where is the next dance?--- but the most important question in order to see into and behind, to weigh the value of all that lives,
Spacer wooooooooor
Spacer aieeeee th'
Spacer soooooooool?"
Spacer wooooooooor
Spacer aieeeee th'
Spacer soooooooool?"
Spacer Where is the soul?
Spacer Where is the soul?

Spacer Go out in the woods, go out. If you don't go out in the woods, nothing will ever happen and your life will never begin.

Spacer Go out in the woods,
Spacer go out.
Spacer Go out in the woods,
Spacer go out,
Spacer Go out in the woods,
Spacer go out.


Spacer Excerpt from:
Spacer "Rowing Songs for the Night Sea Journey, Contemporary Chants"
Spacer C.P. Estes