24 December 2013 Holiday Cheer Posted by: Defenders of Wildlife | 21 comments | Share: The Wolves’ Night Before Christmas ‘Twas the eve before Christmas And to Santa’s dismay Came such an icy storm The reindeer couldn’t budge his sleigh. As Santa paced and worried And elves began to scowl ‘Rose a song through the wind: A wolf pack’s mighty howl. From the thick of the storm O’er deep snow on big padded feet Came eight silvery wolves Ice and wind could not beat. Santa’s mouth hung open for a blink As the wolves lined up in front of his sleigh Then he sputtered to the elves “Well… let’s be on our way!” Santa thanked each wolf As the elves finished loading the last gift Then he sprinkled them with fairy dust Chuckling, “That’ll give you the lift.” “They won’t believe this in Idaho..” He laughed, a merry twinkle in his eyes Then the elves harnessed the wolves And they took to the skies. On Lightfoot! On Blacktail! On Windswift! On Howler! On GreenEyes! On MoonSong! On Hunter! On Prowler! The wolves’ eyes glowed as they leapt through the storm Santa wished his own coat could keep him as warm. That night the wolves even taught Santa to howl An ancient song filled with hope for Peace and Joy That this season may bring for all Life on Earth As they left special gifts for each girl and boy. ‘Twas that eve before Christmas Santa will always fondly remember When wolves rescued his mission That stormy December. © Suzanne Asha Stone, 2013 21 Responses to “Holiday Cheer” Nancy Nett December 24th, 2013 Wonderful poem. I hope and pray that those wishing to harm wolves will have a change of heart in the new year. Reply Sondra December 24th, 2013 Please save these beautiful wolves! Reply Joan December 24th, 2013 Governor Otter got cold in his stockings and so did in Wyoming,Montana and Micgian also. Reply Elaine B December 24th, 2013 I LOVE THIS! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! My Christmas wish is that humans learn to live and let live! Reply Patricia M2 December 24th, 2013 How sweet. Love wolves everywhere, Miss my Vulcan daily. God Bless. Reply Natalie Kruse December 24th, 2013 I love this…I am going to copy this and put it on my Christmas cards. Reply Rachida el Kaddioui December 24th, 2013 Beautiful Poem, can somebody please send it to Idaho’s newspaper before the wolf and coyote slaughter contest (Idaho’s chrismas festivities) begins!! Reply Bonnie Harris December 24th, 2013 You just made my day. Especially the comment on Idaho. Reply Justin Holland December 24th, 2013 I love it. Thank you for sharing. Reply Karen December 24th, 2013 Beautiful, I really like the twist. Go wolves! Reply Mary Holmeyer December 24th, 2013 awesome Reply Lyn Cowper Pollard December 24th, 2013 Well done Suzanne! We once had a wolf/husky cross rescued (kidnapped) from being destroyed many years ago. To those people who think wolves are cold, calculating and heartless beasts I wish they had known our Bootsie. She didn’t look like a wolf until she grew old, and we kept quiet about it until she was gone. We didn’t trust that people would understand the deep love their hearts can contain. Your poem made me think of and miss our Bootsie. Reply Walter Eisenstein December 24th, 2013 I love this and I love Wolves. Merry Christmas!! Reply Tony Bird December 24th, 2013 The world condemns poachers in Africa for the destruction of wild life, the Chinese for Sharks Finns and eating dogs Yet the one of the world great nations is no better even worse hypocritical. Reply Geri H December 24th, 2013 Okay, call me a sap, but, that was beautiful and it made me cry :). Thank you for sharing and Merry Christmas to all you wonderful people who help all these magnificent creatures of the wild. Reply Michael A. Stumpf December 24th, 2013 This poem is a work of literary art, which is a fresh new perspective on a changing world. Reply Jack Elliott December 24th, 2013 A Christmas Eve prayer: God give our leaders the wisdom to protect the wolves from senseless slaughter. Amen. Reply Rob Sanders December 25th, 2013 Totally love this rendition, awesome. Reply daphne williams December 25th, 2013 Wonderful poem. I would LOVE to see this as a holiday card! Reply Sheri Bandy December 25th, 2013 Thank you in memory of Wayne Robinson, who because of his love, am your ardent supporter. Reply Patricia Long December 29th, 2013 I like the holiday poem and I am very much against the destruction of these beautiful wolves! Reply Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap Up Some Good News for Wolves in Idaho… Finally! Muddied Waters for Washington Wolves Did You Submit Your Comments? 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