Skip to main content

The Winter of My Life

Shauna's preferred genre is fiction. She particularly enjoys rising to a challenge posed by fellow artists.


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

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.



© 2015 Shauna L Bowling