So MindloveMisery’s Menagerie’s Saturday “#Lucky Dip”  prompt is to respond to the poem “Fable”, by Janos Pilinszky. I did, as I was intrigued by this poem.  


Fable by Janos Pilinszky

Once upon a time

there was a lonely wolf

lonelier than the angels.

He happened to come to a village.

He fell in love with the first house he saw.

Already he loved its walls

the caresses of its brick layers.

But the window stopped him.

In the room sat people.

Apart from God nobody ever

found them so beauitful

as this child-like beast

So at night he went into the house.

He stopped in the middle of the room

and never moved from there anymore.

He stood all through the night, with wide eyes

and on into the morning when he was beaten to death.


Apart from God,   D. Avery

 Upon that time once

I was a lonely wolf

and so I came to your village

not to fill an empty heart

my heart was full.

Your house was full

and filled my full heart

not with longing

not with envy for

what you had I did not want

except to see what God had seen

in you.

I went to you wide-eyed and innocent

expecting only to see what God had seen

in you with my full heart

which I would have given you.

I sat in your dark

within the walls you’d built

I didn’t realize you were hiding

behind your layers of brick afraid

of what God might see in you.

You beat me until my full heart stopped beating

and I left without it

you threw epithets and derisions before

locking yourself inside where doubt will always haunt you.


13 thoughts on “Fable

  1. Wow. Bravo! 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻
    I LOVED how you twisted each line of the poem to reflect the wolf’s perspective. As if the original poem doesn’t get you enough, you managed to make this a perfect duet that was truly heart-wrenching. Thank you SO much for joining in the Saturday Mix, I’m glad you were tempted by Janos’ words today…

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  2. “Where your doubts will always haunt you…” It makes me think which is more tragic — to live life as an innocent wolf with eyes of wonder and a heart for others or to live in fear never knowing the wolf’s intention. Well done to expand the poem.

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