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The Wolf - the grey and the shadow -- A Genna East poetry challenge

Updated on April 26, 2018
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The Challenge

I took up this challenge after reading Genna East's poem entitled Of the Shadow and the Gray. I watched her two videos and was moved by them. I have always loved the wolf and that may be because my maiden name is Wolf. I have always had an affinity for the wolf, and It has always been the symbol of our Wolf family and is pictured on our Wolf family crest.

I am also greatly concerned about the conservation of the wolf as its numbers have been growing thin for a long time. Today, in the national parks out west, the wolf is being protected so its numbers can grow.

Although many people fear the wolf, it will not bother humans unless it is bothered by them first. Wolves run in packs, but that is because of their strong sense of family. They are one of the few animals in the animal kingdom to birth their young, continue to raise them to adulthood, and well into adulthood the original wolf family remains together. So the wolf gives us a strong sense of family which I have always liked.

Here is my poem of the wolf, which I love, and I hope to see well preserved now and in the future.

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Snow Wolf - the grey and the shadow


I am your friend.

I am a Wolf, too.

Over the centuries

Your grey and shadow

Have flowed in my bloodline.

So misunderstood are you.

Your aquiline nose - so strong and graceful.

Your eyes - lovely but piercing.

Your sensitive soul mirrors my own.

Cold and snow, as for you, has become my season.

Although you run in packs;

Although you howl;

I do not fear you.

I stand my ground.

My quiet loneliness reaches out to yours.

Through your strong majesty and regal sense

With which you hold yourself,

You are my friend . . . as you come to eat from my chilled hand.

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Wolf Song - Celtic Version

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      Kari Poulsen 

      21 months ago from Ohio

      I enjoyed this ode to the wolf! Very nice. :)

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      Suzette Walker 

      3 years ago from Taos, NM

      I am glad you enjoyed it Phyllis. I do love nature and 'all God's creatures'. Thank you for your kind words. Poetry has never been my forte but I do try to write some.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Remarkable poem, Suzette, written with the heart and soul of one who love Nature's creatures. You are a fine poet. I love wolves, so thank you for this beautiful poem.

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      Suzette Walker 

      3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Kim: How beautiful to comment with a poem of your own. You are such a talented poet, Kim. Yes, you are definitely a Lioness of the finest degree. Thanks so much for reading my poem!

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      ocfireflies 

      3 years ago from North Carolina

      Dear Wolf aka Suzette,

      I celebrate you. I do not fear you, but embrace your beauty and grace.

      Thank you for including your song. Look out your window and see me dancing my prayer for wolves everywhere.

      A Lioness, or so I have been told,

      Kim

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      Suzette Walker 

      3 years ago from Taos, NM

      rd: thanks so much for stopping by to read my poem. I am glad you enjoyed it. The wolf has a special place in my heart.

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      Rochelle Ann De Zoysa 

      3 years ago from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

      Amazing poem beautiful animal. Merry Christmas to you and may God bless you!

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      Suzette Walker 

      3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Hi Diana: I am so glad you enjoyed reading this. Even though the wolf is not considered a domestic animal, I have heard of instances like your son's friend who have made them pets. They are more friendly than we humans give them credit for.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      3 years ago

      The wolf truly is a beautiful creature. My son's friend had one for a pet and it was such a friendly animal. Your poem defines the character of the wolf beautifully!

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      Suzette Walker 

      3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Ann, thanks for stopping by to read this and I am glad you enjoyed it.

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      Ann Carr 

      3 years ago from SW England

      I like the way you've turned the title. Lovely poem, full of emotion and love of wolves, right up to the stunning finishing impact. Great response.

      Wolves are amazing creatures, aren't they? I love that stare that seems to look into the soul!

      Ann

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      Suzette Walker 

      3 years ago from Taos, NM

      sujaya: Thanks so much for stopping by to read this and I agree WOW to the wolf.

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      Suzette Walker 

      3 years ago from Taos, NM

      lady: Wolves are beautiful and intelligent creatures. Thank you so much for reading this and I am glad you enjoyed it.

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      sujaya venkatesh 

      3 years ago

      a wow to the wolf

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      stella vadakin 

      3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      The wolf is both amazing and beautiful. We could learn much about what family means just from watching.

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      Suzette Walker 

      3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Hi Devika: Thanks so much for reading my poem and I am glad you enjoyed it. I was pleased with how this turned out.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I like the way you expressed each line and such a wonderful thought from you. The presentation is perfectly approached.

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      Suzette Walker 

      3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Hi Nell: Your son's experience of walking with the wolves is so interesting. I would love to do that one day! I didn't know England still had any wolves as I know they have become sparse in Europe. So glad England has some left and you are able to view them. Thanks so much for reading!

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      Suzette Walker 

      3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Vellur: Thank you so much for reading my poem and I am glad you enjoyed it.

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      Suzette Walker 

      3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Thanks Eric and I am glad you enjoyed reading my poem.

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      Suzette Walker 

      3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Genna: I am so glad you enjoyed my poem. I was so inspired and moved by your poem and videos. I think the wolf is a beautiful animal and they do not harm humans unless provoked. I have not read the Picoult novel but I will have to read it soon. I didn't even know she had written one about wolves. I was moved and inspired by your poem and videos and the result is this poem. I have been on HP sporadically so you may have issued the challenge a while back, but I just got to it. LOL!

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      Nell Rose 

      3 years ago from England

      I love wolves, my son recently went to the wolf sanctuary and walked with them! lucky thing! and your words said it beautifully, they are so mysterious yet cuddly too, great piece for the challenge!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 years ago from Dubai

      Amazing poem, it brings out the strong and the vulnerable side of wolves.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I tried to tell my son about seeing wolves in the wild and magnificent they are. I hope he gets to see some someday in the wild. So I will read him this poem, thank you.

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      Genna East 

      3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you for participating in this challenge, Suzette. And what a truly moving poem, written with deep compassion. I have to say that it is one of my favorites. It also reminds me a little of Jodi Picoult's novel, "Lone Wolf." The sections I just love focus on Luke's experience living with a wild wolf pack in Canada for nearly two years. His story brings these magnificent, shy predators into the light. How they eventually accept him into the pack (their family unit) is mesmerizing. You have given these fascinating creatures a unique soul that many do not see. :-)

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      Suzette Walker 

      3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Maria: Thank you so much for stopping by to read my poem. You are so intuitive!

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      Suzette Walker 

      3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Vince: Thank you for reading my poem and I am glad you enjoyed it. I am glad to find another who feels a kinship to the wolf. I think they are such beautiful animals with so much strength and yet they run in familial packs.

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      Suzette Walker 

      3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Martie: Yes, you are right it does remind one of that Roman legend. So glad you enjoyed reading this.

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      Suzette Walker 

      3 years ago from Taos, NM

      John:: Thank you so much for reading my poem and I am glad you enjoyed it. Yes, I do like the wolf, although I have never come face to face with one, but if I did I don't think I would be frightened. I love Alaskan huskie dogs which are from the wolf family I believe.

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      Suzette Walker 

      3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Mike: Thanks so much for your kind words. Yes, I am pleased how this poem turned out and I am glad you enjoyed reading it.

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      Suzette Walker 

      3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Hi Linda: Thanks so much for reading this and yes, I do like the wolf and think it is a beautiful creature.

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      Maria Jordan 

      3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      A sensitive and perceptive entry to Genna's challenge, dear Suzette.

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      saddlerider1 

      3 years ago

      I too am a lover of wolves, I seen many in my travels and feel a kin to them. This is a wonderful poem and tribute to wolves and I see you too are a kin as well. I also loved the Celtic version video included as a treat. I thoroughly enjoyed it with your words.

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      Martie Coetser 

      3 years ago from South Africa

      Love this poem and song.

      It reminds me of the Roman legend about Romulus and Remus being raised by wolves.

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This is a wonderful poem that you wrote for Genna's challenge Suzette. You can tell it ids written from a deep interest and from the heart. I also love the Celtic Wolf Song..beautiful.

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      mckbirdbks 

      3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Suzette. What a powerful and deep thought you put into your contribution to Genna's challenge. There is such strength in your words. You relate to the Wolf and rose admirably to the task.

      Listening to your musical choice now, and it adds to the presentation.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      The wolf is such a beautiful creature. If they could read your poem, I bet they would truly appreciate your kind and caring words.

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