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Mother Wolf

Updated on December 1, 2014
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I hear you calling my name in the forest

The ground shakes with your presence.

Your eyes are sharpest, your hair is coarsest

And you, why does humanity torment?


We played gently in the innocence of the sun,

You taught me things no school could ever give.

I learned how to forage when the day was done

I was shown by a beast to be sensibly proactive.


Days turned into months, followed by years,

My wisdom grew, but not at the teachings of man.

I travelled the western way and sunk into fears

Preferring to crouch on the ground, I ignored my own clan.


The way of the world that I lived was foreign at best

I only found relief apart from the walls of humanity.

Holidays and vacations were not my time to be oppressed

For these were my times to hold onto my sanity.


In the night we were as one as nature intended,

I found myself no longer able to rest in a customary bed.

It became harder to live this life so overextended

Apart from you, I hang on this world by a thread.


Then came the day, I heard your howls in the night

It awakened me abruptly within the fiendish dream

And the moon cast a demonic and glowing light.

Life as I knew it, became an unearthly sham.


The rest of my night on the floor was never so surreal,

The howling intensified in the waning of the moon

There were disjointed dreams, and my blood would congeal

I would finally awaken in sheer impunity.


The scratching on the door attuned my senses

And with all the fear in my heart and mind combined

Your strong nature and utter relentlessness

Brought you to me, and my convictions were aligned.


Your perils became my convictions

And your mistreatment, my intangible cause,

To avenge your life was my new prediction

It was the Year of the Wolf, simply because.

© 2014 Deb Hirt

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Theresa, for your support. It is my way to help the wolf in a small way.

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Hi Deb - Powerful and moving poetic narrative, and appropriate and truthful in every way. Blessings! Theresa

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Dianna. I am at peace with all creatures, including those of the night.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      The wolf is a strong creature and is beautiful. I would not want to come across one in the wild but I do respect them. You brought out this message well.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Nell. These are such important animals, ecologically, and we must win the fight to keep them safe.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Beautiful poem Deb, about one of my favorite animals the wolf, they are so mysterious and beautiful, wonderful!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thank you, ChitrangadaSharan. Every living thing has a role in the environment, and man must learn to respect that, instead of abusing it.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautiful poem, so nicely expressed!

      Animals have a definite role in the environment and that must be respected and recognized.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Cris, I'm glad that you like the four-leggeds, too.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Gray but full of life

      Playful yet sincere

      Fierce and protective

      Scrawny canine

      Rotting fangs

      I howl in the stillness of the night

      Be warned, I am a mother wolf!

      Beautiful hub Deb! Voting up and sharing.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      We all do, Meldz. We ALL do.

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      ignugent17 2 years ago

      It is Beautiful . Thanks for sharing the message that animals have emotions too.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Chris, but no, this is all about wolves…sorry.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      I'm sure you like wolves, Deb. But there is a lot of passion here. Me thinks there is more at hand than a wolf. :) But I could be wrong I suppose. It is a beautiful poem with lots of emotion. Great job.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Alicia. It seems like animals are the ones that lose out the most, as they have no voice.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting poem about the wolf, Deb. Thanks for raising people's awareness of such a beautiful animal.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for the comment, Georgene...

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, DDE. They are very bright animals and definitely have a place in the ecosystem.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 2 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Interesting blank verse poem. Wolves are and should be part of our natural cycle of life as a top predator. I have trouble - my own problem - understanding why one would want to laud such a predator instead of just enjoying their presence.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Wolves are so strong and powerful. I like the photo.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Mr. B, I have been around many of our four-legged friends since childhood. Who better to understand them, then someone that has been around them for so long?

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, whonu. There is more to me than meets the average 'eye'.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Dave. I have been told that I write with power, and I do feel it spewing in gale force as I write it. Must be the autistic side of me.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Mel…yes, you ARE getting to know my twists and turns, aren't you…?

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      Nice work and a beautiful story my friend. whonu

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      Thomas Byers 2 years ago from East Coast , United States

      I loved the poem. It really touched me in a special way. I raise wolfs for the wolf release program in several states. They are amazing animals. I'm friends with them but I respect that they are wild. I have two females that I am really close with. One named Casey by me is as smart as any human. She wants so very much to carry on a conversation. She tries her best to talk. I keep and raise Husky's and Malamutes and she is smarter than any of them. But the poem was really great. Voted up and etc.

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      Dave 2 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi Deb,

      Love the last line "It was the Year of the Wolf,simply because", as a naturalist I really enjoyed this in my opinion one of the best you have ever produced. Great read, voted up, interesting,beautiful,awesome

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Awesome poem. I know this poem speaks in a lot of metaphors and is not simply about wolves, but I once had the sheer delight of seeing three wolves by the Firehole river in Yellowstone. One came back to its little pack with a gimp leg, and the other two ran up to it, overjoyed to see their friend, and began licking its wound. Since then I have been a big fan of wolves. Deadly predators yes, but they have a sweet and tender side too, a lot like us. Great hub!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sha, we're seeing a comeback due to the hard work of many. Every piece strengthens the puzzle of lives.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      This is beautiful, Deb. Fortunately, we're seeing a comeback of the mighty wolf.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, misterhollywood! Seasons come, and then they go, And peace we shall ALL finally know.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Mary, thanks for the kind words. I hope I'm not remembered mostly when I'm gone(unless it's by those that I haunt!)

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Really wonderful story Deb! Love this!

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      "For those who cannot speak", you certainly made your point in this beautiful poem. Deb you are a wonder and we are thankful you go where your mind takes you.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Faith Reaper. I must do what I can for those who cannot speak.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glad you like it, Suhail. With a myriad of emotions, something was bound to shine through. See if this can go on your wolf site. It might do some good.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      I am in agreement with Bill, you are one amazing poet, in addition to your wonderful Boomer Lake articles. Wow!

      Up ++++ tweeting, G+ and sharing

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Fear, despair, and hope all at the same time! Loved it!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Billy. An extra talent never hurts, I guess.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You write one hell of a Boomer Lake column, but this is you at your best.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, manatita. You know me and my animals...

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Beautiful story about Mother wolf, Deb. Woven well. Salaam.

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