prose: sometimes i feel like these cubs

Sometimes I Feel Like These Cubs

Sometimes I feel like these Cubs,
Peering in to the surrounding pitch darkness
Searching for Mom.
There’s a gap in the body’s systems
That can only be filled by Mom.
I settle for gnawing on emptiness
Because that’s all there is
And it’s better than nothing.
Clan comes and visits, and though
I’m grateful for their presence,
No one is Mom.
Day in, day out, waiting for Mom.
There is no question of
Where is Mom?
Or is Mom coming back?
There is no one to ask
And no way to ask the question.
There is only waiting
And coping with a gap
No one else can fill.
Sometimes I feel like these Cubs.

“Cap’n” toni~aynia~nightfish~old boi

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Lucia says:

    Interesting and original writing.


  2. Hi Lucia,

    Thank you for the feedback.

    The Mother of these Cubs was found to have perished (at the time of my writing I did not have confirmation of that, just only a strong sense something untoward had occurred), due to unnatural causes. They believe Mother was caught in a snare.

    However, the property owners where these Cubs live, were able to help them survive and supplement food.

    Where these Cubs are is a Wildlife Reserve where the humans (property owners) try to keep their interference with Nature to a minimum. So, had the Mother died of natural causes, there is a likelihood that these Cubs would have been left to Nature’s course. That is to say, they would have starved to death.

    Spotted Hyena Cubs (which these are) are absolutely reliant on their Mothers for everything from food to where they sit in the social hierarchy of their respective Clan.

    On a positive note, these Cubs are doing well despite their difficult circumstances. In addition to the occasional supplemental food provided by the humans, the Cubs have managed to establish for the most part their place in their Clan. October-Twin-Girl has worked hard to gain closeness and prove herself to be an ally to the Matriarch. October-Twin-Boy keeps mostly close to his Sister, but also a careful distance from the Matriarch. Fortunately for these Cubs, their Mother was higher-ranking and at the time of her passing, the Cubs had already spent enough time at the Communal Den to affirm their relationship in the Clan.

    Again, thanks for the feedback.

    Blessings and OhWhooop! ( <– Spotted Hyena contact-call)

    Cap'n Toni with my Coco and Maya Pups and All the Animal-Kids of the lil Haus…
    Pennsylvania, USA…


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