6/11 Idaho Magazine Features - "The Demons of Boulder Lake" (non-fiction)

Daniel Claar - Idaho's Premier Backcountry Writer

Winner - Idaho Magazine Publisher's Choice Award 2010
"The Proper Filter"

Winner - Idaho Magazine Judge's Choice Award 2011
"Where the River Leads"

"Hot Spring Break "

"Stampede! "

"Seeing Things"
Winner - Idaho Magazine Second Place 2011

Friday, April 23, 2010

Destiny's Bite

Almost two years now
Since my stare down
With the great horned beast
And although
I didn’t understand the magic
Penetrating my pupils
At that moment
I have come to accept
This lycanthropic transformation

I now create mountain lions
Out of steam
River otters out of driftwood
Wolves out of smoke
And dreams

I float amongst bald eagles
Dance with leggy cranes
Slip into the slumber
Of winter
Along with sister bear
And one day
I will explode crimson
To join the kokanee
For a final return
To my homeland

No longer a reflection
In any mirror
Of man’s making
I am now
A medicine man
The trickster figure
Of forgotten mythologies

I am the shaman
With a gift of being
Unable to see
Through that set of dead eyes

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