The Kalihund

 
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In the mountains of Savognin
lives the Kalihund.

It runs wild across the snow,
in search of dummies
and mice and foxes.

It comes from the barbarous lands from beyond tibet
where no dog of europe could dare to tread.
It quests in the world between wild and tame.

Part wolf.
Part jackal.
Part pariah hound.

No person can call the Kalihund a breed
for it lies beyond it, above it, and outside of it.
The dogs of village, temple, forest, mountain, and plain
which came from the wild wolf of yore
course through the veins of this gray Kalihund.

It is a creature both unique and free,
spirited and dashing,
but not yet tame.

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