From hoof and hide, to flank and horn,
Amid the wood, was noble born,
Upon the field I walked at length,
Swift in motion, high in strength,

And scarcely did I need to boast,
Rare of speech, unheard by most,
Until this day, when hoof and bone,
And blood and frame and muscle tone,

Within this land, where long I’ve trod,
I sacrificed, to follow God,
My King whose crown was loaned to me;
I gave it back, to thankful be.



Alec Ream is a writer living in the Northern Neck of Virginia. His work has been printed in Decanto Poetry Magazine (West Sussex, UK) 2013-14, Western Viewpoints 2014 (Woodinville, Washington) and Poetic Images: the Great American West 2015 (Woodinville, Washington), The Society of Classical Poets Annual Journals 2015-19 (Mt Hope, New York), The Rocky Point Times 2016 (Puerto Peñasco, Mexico) and in several issues of The Lyric (Jericho, Vermont) 2015-18.  Currently, his work has gone to print in the Autumn Journal of The Writers Guild of Virginia, and his novel Canterbury 2020 is being edited for print in 2020 by High Tide Press in Deltaville, Virginia.  A member of the Demosthenian Literary Society at the University of Georgia, he deployed to Hawija, then wrote on Lookout Mountain, continuing to write, lecture and work for Delta Kappa Epsilon International. He prefers to note that he was first published reading to the pledge class of Michigan DKE, in Ann Arbor.

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9 Responses

  1. Joseph S. Salemi

    The elk in the photograph was killed with a very powerful bow, which can be seen in the foreground of the picture. Great shot!

  2. C.B. Anderson

    Elk is one of the few big game animals I haven’t eaten (yet). I’ve tried bear, mountain lion and mule deer, but I’ve heard that elk is the best. From hunters I knew in the mountains of northern Arizona I learned that it’s best to hunt elk when there is snow on the ground, because the animal is so big and has so much latent heat that it’s a good idea to pack the eviscerated body cavity with snow, lest the meat spoil before a hunter can get it home. Moose is something else I’d like to try, but that will not likely happen anytime soon.


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