Jan 9 2012

#254 Less is More (9)

From Hanne in Belgium

This wolf perched on top of a rock promontory reminds of something very Kipling-esque. Bearing this in mind, I hope you will enjoy “The Law of the Jungle” from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.

Now this is the Law of the Jungle — as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back —
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.

Wash daily from nose-tip to tail-tip; drink deeply, but never too deep;
And remember the night is for hunting, and forget not the day is for sleep.
The Jackal may follow the Tiger, but, Cub, when thy whiskers are grown,
Remember the Wolf is a Hunter — go forth and get food of thine own.
Keep peace withe Lords of the Jungle — the Tiger, the Panther, and Bear.
And trouble not Hathi the Silent, and mock not the Boar in his lair.
When Pack meets with Pack in the Jungle, and neither will go from the trail,
Lie down till the leaders have spoken — it may be fair words shall prevail.
When ye fight with a Wolf of the Pack, ye must fight him alone and afar,
Lest others take part in the quarrel, and the Pack be diminished by war.
The Lair of the Wolf is his refuge, and where he has made him his home,
Not even the Head Wolf may enter, not even the Council may come.
The Lair of the Wolf is his refuge, but where he has digged it too plain,
The Council shall send him a message, and so he shall change it again.
If ye kill before midnight, be silent, and wake not the woods with your bay,
Lest ye frighten the deer from the crop, and your brothers go empty away.
Ye may kill for yourselves, your mates, and your cubs as they need, ye can;
But kill not for pleasure of killing, and seven times never kill Man!
If ye plunder his Kill from a weaker, devour not all in thy pride;
Pack-Right is the right of the meanest; so leave him the head and the hide.
The Kill of the Pack is the meat of the Pack. Ye must eat where it lies;
And no one may carry away of that meat to his lair, or he dies.
The Kill of the Wolf is the meat of the Wolf. He may do what he will;
But, till he has given permission, the Pack may not eat of that Kill.
Cub-Right is the right of the Yearling. From all of his Pack he may claim
Full-gorge when the killer has eaten; and none may refuse him the same.
Lair-Right is the right of the Mother. From all of her year she may claim
One haunch of each kill for her litter, and none may deny her the same.
Cave-Right is the right of the Father — to hunt by himself for his own:
He is freed of all calls to the Pack; he is judged by the Council alone.
Because of his age and his cunning, because of his gripe and his paw,
In all that the Law leaveth open, the word of your Head Wolf is Law.
Now these are the Laws of the Jungle, and many and mighty are they;
But the head and the hoof of the Law and the haunch and the hump is — Obey!

Jun 12 2011

#43 “Deceptiwolf”

From Hanz in Belgium.

According to the artist’s note printed on the back of this illustration, the picture was created from a solid block of color which was then edited and pared down until ultimately the image of a wolf became somewhat visible. With the recent rise in interest in “old school” 8-bit video games and their accompanying artwork, I was not surprised to receive a wolf illustration that was constructed in this manner, but I was still very excited when I opened the envelope and laid eyes upon this unique Belgian masterpiece. I immediately went home and celebrated with a large plate of waffles.

Having consumed my meal peacefully and pleasurably, I pushed back my plate and picked up the illustration to again examine its wondrous beauty. It was then, my friends, that my stomach began to turn. A sour taste filled my mouth, and I became startlingly dizzy. The plate crashed to the floor as I cleared the table and stared in horrific wonder at this haunting masterpiece. If you read post #41 from a couple of days ago which featured a wolf flying an F-16, you will surely understand my reaction. For today’s picture doesn’t just feature a wolf using modern technology or operating a manmade machine. This wolf IS a machine.

If I can see it, surely you can, as well. I know that I am not one to keep up with the more popular trends in pop culture, but I can still clearly remember the Transformer Decepticons from my youth and recognize one when I see it today. Friends, the end is near. The dreaded Deceptiwolf is upon us. Don’t believe me? Compare the illustration above with the picture below and see for yourselves.

Now… Run! Run for your lives! Save yourselves… while you still can… Decaptiwolf is on the move…