J is for the Jackal – One of the most cunning


J is for the Jackal – One of the most cunning


You are synonymous with opportunism.
You are the symbol of betrayal for humans.
So much so that we liken the cunning ones among us,
to you, the jackal, a beast of prey.

But I feel it is rather an unfair comparison,
to liken our hellish lot to you,
you are opportunistic only when you are hunting for food,
whereas we humans employ cunning in everything we do.

You clean up the leftovers,
of carcasses eaten by lions and tigers.
You are excellent scavengers,
and hunters of small prey.

You hunt in pairs or alone.
Mostly during the hours of dawn or dusk.
You have excellent vision,
and a powerful sense of smell.

You have a great history in human folklore.
You are often likened to clever sorcerers.
The Egyptian God Anubis has a head like yours.
He is the God of mummification for the Egyptians.

You are so infamous a creature for us humans,
that in the movie titled ‘The Jackal’,
we have given your name as the pseudonym for the villain,
played by the megastar Bruce Willis.

But all said and done,
you are just one of God’s dear creatures,
and are playing your role in nature,
for the universe to come around.

31 Thoughts to “J is for the Jackal – One of the most cunning”

  1. Apt words to describe jackals.
    They always know how to make the most of opportunities!

    1. Jai

      Absolutely. They take advantage of every situation.

  2. The jackal should be India’s national animal.

    1. Jai

      They mainly represent our political class, opportunistic and selfish.

    2. Haha. Your sarcasm is good.

  3. Your choices from the animal kingdom are interesting. We need jackals as much as we need lions and tigers. Good one again. 🙂

    1. Jai

      Thank you Srivalli.

  4. Jyoti Jha

    Very aptly described! Jackal is such a clever animal and very well at making the most through an opportunity.

    1. Jai

      Yes, indeed very clever and can take advantage of every situation.

  5. Beautiful ode in honor of this so much unloved animal! Great post.
    J is for Jewelry

    1. Jai

      Thanks for the appreciation Frederique.

  6. How true Jai. When God created creatures did he think they would be called cunning. I think we just added our own connotations.

    1. Jai

      Absolutely. All said and done the Jackal is just another product of evolution.

  7. Human beings way too worse than a jackal

    1. Jai

      Absolutely. We are deceitful in everything we do whereas a jackal is opportunistic only when it comes to grabbing food.

  8. A good comparison between a jackal and a human. Being clever does not mean being opportunistic.

    1. Jai

      That is correct. Thanks for visiting Madhu.

  9. Jackal, often seen in bad light than the good that they are in their own special way, got justice with your prose Jai.
    Now that I am already into my 40s, I often envy these wild animals who have sharp eyesight. It never seems to desert them like it does with us, mere mortals!

    1. Jai

      Well, all said and done they play their role to make the world go around. Thanks for visiting Anagha.

  10. Noor Anand Chawla

    Every creature of god has a beautiful role to play in nature’s cycle- even the jackal!

    1. Jai

      Absolutely correct Noor. Thanks for visiting.

  11. So true, God creates each creature with a role to play in the universe. The jackal as we call cunning, plays his part to the T but I wonder what part do humans acting like him play. Lovely post as always

    1. Jai

      Thanks for visiting Arushi. Yes, we tend to label animals. But they are far less harmful compared to humans.

  12. Sinjana Ghosh

    Thank you so much for observing the hypocrisy in finding the jackal as a representative of everything evil. While what they do is their only means of survival given their carnivorous nature and small size.

    1. Jai

      Absolutely. They are just doing what the creator intended them to do.

  13. It’s nice to give the jackal its due – it’s not a bad creature, just living its proper role.
    Black and White (Words and Pictures)

    1. Jai

      All animals have a role to play in nature and the Jackal is no different.

  14. Ste

    But Jackal is cunning and a smart animal at the same time. Very good poetry.

    1. Jai

      Thanks for the appreciation. Yes the Jackal is a clever and smart animal.

  15. Aptly described and cast in poetic appeal, As a totem, jackal has extremely powerful symbolism and people having similar traits (as tricksters and incorporating tactic and intelligence), are said to succeed in life since they are clever to use their skills to maximum advantage.

    1. Jai

      Yes, indeed the Jackal has powerful symbolism for humans. Thanks for the appreciation.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.