Reign of the Black Wolf


Dark, growling, growing stronger
every day
He consumes her waking hours
devouring the scraps of goodness that still remain
tears into purity and hope
ripping flesh from bone
hungry for every morsel…
This dog will settle for nothing less than soul meat
Glaring from the corner 
he rests
never will he be satisfied
On guard every minute
in case a turn toward 
He waits
to pounce upon 
his opponent
teeth clench down
hard on truth-
drawing blood
life seeps out 
red moon,
victory howl
but his reign
is temporary
Though he mutilates her beauty
she will not remain his prize
for though deceived by his cunning, fierce appeal
she belongs to another
He will not share, 
nor slumber forever
He will return to rescue 
His precious child.
Gone will be the dark days then…
he will be no more.
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Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at

10 thoughts on “Reign of the Black Wolf

  1. You may have a completely different meaning behind this allegory, but I know exactly what is reminds me of in my family's life. Wonderfully descriptive. Ok I'll tell you, ha! It is what I saw the enemy doing to my second son when he was in his darkest season. But it did not last forever, he is a happy young man these days!


  2. oh heck..i'm glad that there's a good end in sight..was holding my breath..the dark can become quite overwhelming at times and good to know that light is never far away..


  3. love the drippy found. Not sure of the analogy — but if Brian is right and it is ONE of the gospels of Christians, they too contain bloody logic hard for kids to understand.


  4. This is an unsettling write. The picture looks like a “Little Red Riding Hood view' (but not for children); and the wolf in your poem is indeed frightening. Glad the end is tending toward optimism though.(I do hope you write from the point of view of the wolf for poetry jam! Smiles)


  5. I've read the end of the book. I know WHO wins the war. There may be skirmishes ahead, and at times you will think it is a losing battle, but take heart, The VICTOR will NOT lose control, no matter what we think! Great story…difficult journey, but keep forging ahead. The prize is in sight.


  6. Great lines all throughout this piece, and the inference that the beast may hold the body captive, but never the heart and soul is beautiful. thanks..


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