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The Winter of My Life

Updated on September 19, 2015
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Life is full of challenges. The ones I appreciate the most are those that awaken my muse, cause reflection, and compel me to create.

Many thanks to Genna East in awakening my spirit with her poetry challenge, “Of the Shadow and the Gray (A Poetry Challenge)”.

Genna’s summon was so compelling for me that I wrote the following poem before I’d read the last word of her post:

The Winter of My Life

Wolves tug at my soul

As I trudge through the Winter of my Life.

Gnawing, stalking, ever watchful

Guiding me on the path to myself.

I fear not the wolves of my soul

For without them I’d be lost.

When I’ve fallen, they’ve stood over me

Protecting me from the elements of myself

Nursing me and keeping me warm

Giving me strength to pick myself up

Guiding me to the fork in the road

Where I must choose.



Shauna L Bowling

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Discover your animal spirits and what they mean

Symbolism of the wolf spirit

The wolf is a very strong animal spirit on the totem. It has both positive and threatening meanings. Only the holder of the wolf spirit will know the meaning of its appearance, but it takes a strong human spirit to recognize and interpret the symbolism.

According to Spirit Animals and Animal Totems, the wolf spirit can mean any of the following:

  • Sharp intelligence, deep connection with instincts
  • Appetite for freedom
  • Expression of strong instincts
  • Feeling threatened; lack of trust in someone or yourself

I was pleased to learn that wolves can be a positive force when I researched the symbolism after I wrote my poem. My spirit wolf has been present all my life and continues to be a positive force for me. Perhaps my Cherokee heritage has something to do with it.

Before I go, I’d like to share this beautiful video with you. It tells the tale of “Two Wolves Inside”. This story has been a guiding force for me for quite a while. In fact, I have a printed form tacked to the bulletin board in my office, as a constant reminder and source of strength.

I hope you find this as personally meaningful as I do.

Peace,

Bravewarrior

© 2015 Shauna L Bowling

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      Shauna L Bowling 12 months ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Victoria. I appreciate the visit and the comment!

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      Victoria Lynn 12 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love your poem! The images are beautiful, and the feeling is very peaceful.

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      Shauna L Bowling 13 months ago from Central Florida

      Cyndi, so nice to hear from you! I'm happy you like this poem. I, too, love animal symbolism - there's so much we can learn about who we are when we look at animals to which we can relate.

      I'm just peachy. You?

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 13 months ago from Western NC

      Beautiful poem with powerful imagery. I also love animal symbolism - one of my favorite topics to write about. :)

      I hope you're well!

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      Shauna L Bowling 14 months ago from Central Florida

      Laurinzo, long time no see! Thank you for stopping by and reading this. I don't write much poetry anymore, but this challenge inspired me.

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      Live To Write 14 months ago from Phoenix, Az.

      What a very lovely piece Shauna... I have an extreme love for poetry because of authors like you... Thanks!!!!!

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      Shauna L Bowling 14 months ago from Central Florida

      Kristen, I guess it kinda sorta is published. I'll make a few pennies every time someone hits this page whether they read the poem or not. I published a book of my poetry back in 2011. I made a little bit off it, but people are more interested in buying novels than poetry books.

      Thank you for your wonderful comment. My apology for responding so late.

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      Shauna L Bowling 14 months ago from Central Florida

      Shryon, I'm so sorry I'm just now responding. I never received notification that you'd left a comment. Anyway, I liked the video too. I was lucky to have found it. I just love that story!

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      Shauna L Bowling 14 months ago from Central Florida

      Rolly, it's nice to hear from you. I know you've spent a lot of time in the wilds of Canada. I love hearing your stories.

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      Rolly A Chabot 14 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Shauna:

      Over the years I have been blessed to have spent a great deal of time living and being near wolves in their natural environment. I have had 2 dogs which have been full half breed with Malamute. Watching them in the wilds has been amazing. Over the years Hollywood has created this image of the big bad wolf, one of fear. Thank you for sharing with us...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Kristen Howe 15 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Lovely poem Shauna. You should get it published. Very moving, visual with imagery.

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      Shyron E Shenko 15 months ago from Texas

      Fabulous Shauna, I loved your poem and the video very much.

      I have heard the battle of the two wolves before but I loved it with the pictures in the video.

      Blessings and Hugs my dear friend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 17 months ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Jan. I never thought of the poem as being part of the plan, but I guess you're right. It just came pouring out of me when I read the challenge. Considering I haven't written any new poetry in quite a while, it very well may have been in the stars.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 17 months ago from Washington, DC

      Beautiful poem, Bravewarrior. It's amazing how the universe had already lined you up to write this poem, prompted by the challenge, by your heritage and even your HP name. So good. I love the turn the poem took from burden to strength.

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      Shauna L Bowling 19 months ago from Central Florida

      Nell, that's so nice to hear. You just made my day! Thank you for sharing - much appreciated.

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      Nell Rose 19 months ago from England

      Came back for another read as this one really is my favorite! shared!

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      Shauna L Bowling 21 months ago from Central Florida

      Audrey, I am blessed and honored that this poem has brought you strength. I'm sorry about your current dilemma. It's not easy to make life changes, especially when we get older. Know that you are a very strong woman. Have faith in yourself and understand that you're doing what you feel is best right now. I have no idea what your situation is, but I support your decision. If you ever need an ear or a shoulder, I'm just an email away.

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      Audrey Hunt 21 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Sha,

      A wave of emotion came over me while reading your poem. I experienced a powerful feeling...strength surging through my veins. At this very time in my life I've had to make a decision. A life-altering one. Once again I am leaving all material possessions behind, all comfort as I know it, to begin a new journey. Fear and doubt is replaced with confidence now. Imagine - this is the result and gift I receivd from reading your poem.

      Thank you Sha.

      Audrey

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      Shauna L Bowling 22 months ago from Central Florida

      Aest1, your comment is most appreciated. We, as writers, whether as a hobby or livelihood, want to make a difference with our words. The fact that I've echoed your center, means I've touched someone. It only takes one and I thank you.

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      Mary Norton 22 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Truly touching. Echoes deep at the centre.

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      Shauna L Bowling 22 months ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Catherine. I'm glad you enjoyed this.

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      Catherine Giordano 22 months ago from Orlando Florida

      A great poem about wolves. Very few people appreciate the loving and nurturing side of wolves. (They got a bad rep from attacking sheep, I guess.) Your poem captured the nurturing and protective aspect of wolves. Very nicely done.

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      Shauna L Bowling 23 months ago from Central Florida

      Yes, Amanda, we could learn a thing or two from our Native ancestors.

      I'm glad you found this hub inspiring. Thank you!

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      Meredyth Lynne 23 months ago from Los Angeles

      Wow! Amazing video and poem. I'm originally from Iowa so there are a lot of Indian tribes scattered all over Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. I've always loved their colorful clothing that they make themselves and how dedicated they are to protecting their heritage, family and their land equally. It's how we all should live. Very inspiring article. Kerp up the good work!

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      Shauna L Bowling 23 months ago from Central Florida

      Vincent, I'm honored that you've read this post and left a comment. It means the world to me. Yes, let the spirits guide us in all forms. Beautifully spoken!

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      saddlerider1 23 months ago

      Genna has a way of stirring ones soul, she is a brilliant poet herself. Wolves are spiritual, I too have a passion for them, I've seen a few in northern Canada and I have an assimilation to them. Drawn by their mystery, their eyes and passion for freedom. A wonderful poem here Shauna, well penned. Let the spirits guide us in all forms.

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      Shauna L Bowling 23 months ago from Central Florida

      Peg, it gives me great pride to know that my poem brought forth memories of one of your dogs. Thank you for sharing that!

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      Peg Cole 23 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      You certainly connected with this challenge and your response in poetic form was amazing. I love the symbolism of the wolf and its importance and meaningfulness in your life is significant. One of the stray dogs that came to live with us for twelve years looked so much like a wolf I can't help but think of his image when reading your poem.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Sheila, you and I have the same impression of the meaning of wolves. It's nice to know you see the positive in the wolf totem.

      Thank you so much for your visit. I always value your opinion.

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Your poem is wonderful! The video is awesome too. Living in Oklahoma, there is a lot of native American history here. To me, wolves have always been a sign of freedom and strength.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Martie, I'm so glad you relate to this. I'll be around to read your latest post. I'm so far behind now that I've gone back to work. I'll get there, tho!

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      I love this poem and your positive connection with the wolves in your soul, Shauna. I can relate!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Nadine, I hear so much about The Game of Thrones lately. For some reason I thought it was an online game of some sort. How do you like the book so far?

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Loved reading your post about wolves especially now that I have started reading the first volume of: The Game of Thrones, where wolves play a big part in this fantasy story.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Deb, you offer stellar advice. "Stay strong and live what you believe in..."

      I couldn't have said it better myself!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That was a superb poem, and the message in the video was equally good. Stay strong, and live what you believe in...

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Flourish!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Beautiful poem and imagery. Well done indeed, Sha!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Mary, fear of what we don't know well can be turned into fuel if we channel it properly. That being said, I love the spirit of the wolf but don't know whether I'd shake in my boots if I came face to face with one in the wild. Then again, perhaps we'd share a journey. He providing protection and I offering companionship.

      Thank you for your wonderful comment. You made me think!

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Thank heaven for your muse! What an enlightening poem. Who doesn't marvel at the beauty and intelligence of the wolf? We always harbor a little fear for that which we don't know well, but we still admire it.

      It doesn't surprise me that the wolf is your totem. The strength and bravery of the wolf certainly show in what you do.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Vellur, I'm glad you found the information I provided enlightening. And love that you love my poem! Thank you!

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Love this poem and a great explanation about the wolf spirit. I do not know much about the wolf spirit and now I do. Great write.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Chris, it's great to see you. I worry when I don't hear from you!

      Thanx for taking the time to read my poem and ease my mind!

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      Chris Rose 2 years ago

      Exquisite, Shauna, absolutely...

      Beautifully concise, as a poem should be. And it has great truth.

      Hope you're well, my friend. And as always, many apologies for me being so behind with what really matters in life. Big hug and kiss xx

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Snakeslane, you've heard the message my soul received from the videos Genna presented in her challenge. The spirit spoke to me loud and clear. I'm pleased at your reaction to my words. Thank you!

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      Verlie Burroughs 2 years ago from Canada

      Hello bravewarrior, I like that you brought First Nations belief and mythology into the conversation. Interesting that the wolf represents a totem spirit to you personally. Wolves tugging at one's soul; as you trudge (love that word!) through the winter of life, are powerful and compelling images. Nicely done :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanks for the visit, Dora. And, you're welcome!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Your poem is a beautiful expression of a universal truth--those wolves help to guide us to our purpose. Thanks also for the additional explanations.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Blossom!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Connie, I'm not sure how our animal spirits are determined. I think it comes from within and they choose us. It might be worth your while to do some research on animal spirits to see which one has been with you throughout your life. I have no doubt it would be a bird of some sort.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Cris, it's all in the choices we make. The wolves can devour us or protect and guide us. We decide which path to take.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      You said it, Larry!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Beautiful and so expressive.

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      connie smith 2 years ago

      Hi Sha, Absolutely loved your poem! I was not aware that the wolf was your spirit animal, but it totally makes sense. The video was amazing, thanks so much for including it.

      I have always been in awe of Native American Indians and their culture, strengths and beliefs. I would be very fascinated to hear more about your Cherokee heritage and the Cherokee people in general.

      If I had a spirit animal, I'm sure it would be the tenacious and continuously-in-motion Hummingbird!!

      Love, Connie

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      What a wonderful piece Sha! Every word echoes within and the video is fantastic. Very thought provoking. Well done!

      These wolves can devour us like locusts invasion. I try to bribe them at times. :)

      Love from the sky~

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Beautiful poem. Without the conflicting dualities of our souls, we truly cease to be who we are.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Mom, I'm so happy to see you here! I, too, have that story in a place where I can read it at will. It's very inspirational and powerful. Yes, we do have choices. We just need to make the right ones.

      I'm glad you like my poem.

      Love,

      Sha

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      Barbara Cook 2 years ago

      Love your poem. I wish there were fewer struggles in our lives pulling us apart by good and evil but these are the challenges we have to confront and pray that good triumphs over all. I have the story of the Indian Grandfather teaching his grandchildren about our choices of good or evil tucked in a desk drawer as my go to reference to remind me that we all have a choice to make in good vs evil and not blame behavior on our genes. Too easy a cop out. We have the power and privilege to choose good as out strength.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Tirelesstraveler, the title refers to my current place in the cycle of life. I'm glad what I offer here is the opposite of what you expected.

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      Judy Specht 2 years ago from California

      Wonderful surprise! The title prepared me for a sad tale of woe, but there is none of that here. There is strength and peace in this poem. Very nice.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Ann, you may want to check out the link I provided in the text about the wolf totem. It goes into much more depth. Animal spirits are fascinating. I think you'll find the information interesting.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Ghost, you've honored me with your praise. I've never seen a wolf in the wild. Not sure how I'd react. But the ghost spirit I know well.

      Thank you for being so supportive of my writing. It means the world to me.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Shauna, what a beautiful poem; deep, deep emotion and comforting words. I love it and I found your information regarding the wolf on the totem so interesting; I knew nothing about that so I'm going to find out more, when I've looked at your story video here.

      Great response!

      Ann

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      Ghost32 2 years ago

      Bravo, Sha. I really like your poem, which is saying a fair bit for me--I'm not a big fan of even my own stuff! (Except for those poems that are actually song lyrics, but still.) And the choice of video was outstanding. Okay, so I was impressed most of all by the photo of the boy thinking it over, but the wolf pics aren't too shabby, either. :)

      To date, I've only been face to face with a few wolves, namely the big black wolf I met a few dozen yards up the slope from our ranch house when I was five and, more recently, a small pack of three that a friend kept in confinement (for obvious reasons). And one wolf/dog hybrid, who looked on with an expression of, "What have you gotten yourself into now, fool?" when his owner was slapped in cuffs in front of him and carted off to jail. But the spirit of the wolf is definitely a real thing, clearly present in every such animal regardless of circumstances or conditions, and you've done it honor with this Hub.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Manatita, I don't know what to say. You've left me speechless with your awesome comment.

      I go by my instincts and what feels right. I've always been one to listen to my heart and soul first and foremost. They haven't let me down yet!

      Thank you so much for your insightful words. I can't begin to tell you the comfort they have brought me.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      This Hub touched me from the beginning to the end: Poem, prose, video, music ...

      It reflects many strengths: fortitude, the inner joy, the inner battle, rather like your river poem or my boat poem, with a sense of ultimate victory or overcoming the odds. Joyfulness ...

      It is filled with beauty and Light and the video lends to this, as well as giving it vibrancy and rhythm.

      I have felt for some time that you're a good and noble Soul. May the Great White Spirit continues to nurture and guide your journey. God speed!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, you underestimate yourself. You poem that reminds me of Maynard from the old Dobie Gillis series is spot on and written from the heart.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Vendatachari, I'm glad you enjoyed the video and my poem. There's a great message in that old tale!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, John. Animal spirits are a huge part of American Indian culture. To be honest, I relate to the animal spirits more than I do God. Not sure what that says about me other than my Indian heritage is a strong part of who I am.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Paula, you have no idea what your words mean to me. For my poetry to end your day on a good note is more than any author or poet can ask for.

      Thank you my dear friend!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Ruby. The Cherokee story is one of my favorites. It must have been in the back of my mind when I wrote my poem. Honestly, though, seeking out the video was an afterthought.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Patti, I'm thrilled you enjoyed this enough to share. Thank you so much!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Drbj, I've actually been Bravewarrior since I was nine years old. I'd imagine I was a Cherokee named Bravewarrior when I played in an empty lot across from our house. I think deeming myself as such as helped me live up to the name throughout my life and everything I encountered.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Mar, I've always love the Cherokee story about the two wolves inside. This video really does it justice.

      Thanx for your beautiful comment. My muse, much like Bravewarrior, can't be held down for long!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A fun challenge...wonderful response on your part. This is a great challenge because of all the talent responding to it AND because there is no way I'm taking part in it. LOL I'll leave the poetry to the rest of you talents.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very great and wonderful response to the challenge. Your video is superb with lovely message. Thanks for sharing your valuable thoughts.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Sorry I am late reading this hub Shauna. I love your poem and how you related the wolves of your soul. Thank you for sharing the info on the wolf spirit and for the excellent video. What a great response.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Sha...I see your muse had a wonderful and relaxing vacation. She has returned full of life and beauty.

      You poem is simply awesome. I enjoyed this new work of yours from beginning to end.

      The Video is priceless, Sha.....and what a profound ending!! "The one you feed." Masterful words of wisdom.

      This has been the perfect ending to my day Sha and gives me some magic to sleep on.....Thank you dear friend.. Love, Paula

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Aha Shauna, You've brought a beautiful poetic picture of your life through trials and struggles. The video is beautiful!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Wow....awesome....you nailed it....'I fear not the wolves of my soul for without them I would be lost"...yes indeed.

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      Angels are headed your way this evening ps

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      It would appear from your writing, Shauna, that your profile name was exactly the right choice. So happy your muse was awakened.

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Sha,

      I love your personal and powerful interpretation of Genna's challenge.

      You put heart and soul into your work-the video is also a most fitting message that I have treasured through the years.

      I had no doubt your muse is alive and kicking. Love and hugs, mar

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Mike, I notice the bots have been hard at work on my HP corner. I haven't looked in on my account page for quite a while. Looks like I have some work to do!

      Thank you for your wonderful comment. My heart is full of joy now that my creativity has come out of its slumber.

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Sha. You have added a pivotal piece to the challenge. Every viewpoint is just a bit different. When your muse wakes up she inspires you to great work.

      Genna's poetry and video have sparked poetry throughout hubpages.

      (Now, I am tempted to misspell and use poor grammar, so that the robots have some work.)

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Genna, your praise means the world to me. After reading John's contribution (and his reiteration of the rules of the challenge), I was afraid I'd skipped over what I got from the films. However, now that I think about it, it was while watching them that I wrote The Winter of My Life.

      Again, thank you for re-awakening my creativity with your beautiful challenge!

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I loved this poem. I'm pleased that this challenge awakened your spirit and muse.

      "Guiding me on the path to myself.

      Guiding me to the fork in the road

      Where I must choose."

      The spirit...and the choices...I think this lies at the very heart of those videos, which you have expressed beautifully! Thank you for enriching this challenge with your poetry. :-)

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Faith, all of my poetry is personal. I may have strayed a bit from the original instructions for the challenge, but this is what came forth so I went with it.

      I'm so happy it struck you as it did. Thank you for your beautiful comment and the shares!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Ahhh, Dear Sha,

      Your poem is superb! I love your unique response to the challenge and how you made it your own and personal to your life. The wolf spirt is interesting and powerfully written from your perspective indeed.

      Thank you for sharing a bit of your personal beliefs here through this challenge, which made your submission extra special.

      Sharing everywhere

      Peace and blessings

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, whonu. Nicely done and well done are wonderful words!

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      Nicely done poetry my friend bravewarrior. Well done my friend. whonu

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you Nell. I'm very proud of my Cherokee blood. I'm only 1/16 Cherokee, but my soul seems to be 100%.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      That's amazing! whenever I read or hear anything about wolves, Native Americans etc, I think of my dad. He was nuts about N. Indians/Americans, he always wanted to go across to America to meet some. Your background is fascinating!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Linda, I'm glad my muse has arisen too. I was getting worried she'd forsaken me!

      I'm happy you enjoyed my poem. I haven't written poetry in quite a long time.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Nell, I have Cherokee blood on both sides of my mom's family. Somewhere along the line, we have a Cherokee chief in our lineage. I remember my granddaddy telling me about the Indian spirit that circled his house nightly. I was very young when he told me that story. That and Granddaddy's piercingly blue eyes are my most prominent memories of him.

      I'm glad you enjoyed this post. I enjoyed reading your awesome comment!

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      So glad that your muse has arisen! I didn't know much about the wolf, except I would never want to encounter one...very interesting creature. And beautiful too! Awesome poem and video!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Amazing Shauna, I love wolves and the video was fantastic! coming from England I do actually believe that Native Americans are the coolest people on the planet, I love them and their music! I would love to hear your background story about your cherokee heritage too!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Gail, thank you for being the first to read and comment. Your words touch me.

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      Gail Sobotkin 2 years ago from South Carolina

      Dear Sha,

      Loved this poem and the wolf symbol matches your spirit perfectly.

      Also liked the wolf story in the video, which I was already familiar with.

      Sending Blessings and Love,

      Gail