"Jelly-Side Down"
by artis wilder


The Arena

Her first mistake was
in believing reality was real.
Her second mistake was that
she was not a player
and did not recognize 
the game before her.
And she didn't know 
that she didn't know.
She was an innocent,
a sheep, even at her age.
And she had a deep curiosity 
about the wolves
One day she entered their den 
to see how they lived.
She was eaten alive,
then spit out by the side of the road.
She was wounded, 
but her heart was still beating.
The knowledge dawned in her
of just how a wolf is made,
as she ran her tongue
over the buds of her fangs.


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