Picture of What the Wolf Howled Over Me poem with wolf howling at sunset.

And the day that I died

I lay and I cried to the sky

The white bearded eagle in outrage

Flew over me

And let out a silent scream

And there as I lay

Halalu Halala

Is what the wolf howled over me

The Turtle and Atlas tumbled the world

And Neptune fought with the squid

The coded word came and the translation went

And I lay and I cried to the sky

And there as I lay

Halalu Halala

Is what the wolf howled over me

Cannons boomed and tanks rolled by

And tracks were left on my grave

The eagle in outrage

Flew over me and let out a silenced scream

And the weeping tree knelt

And wiped them away

As it shed its tears for me

And there as I lay

Halalu Halala

Is what the wolf howled over me

And the owls called to each other

To ask “who” in the silenced woods

They took to the air

And with the eagle

Flew over me

And let out a silenced scream

Bullets flew by and craters were made

Green moved in green

And the fox ran by

To tell his brethren of hell

And there as I lay

Halalu Halala

Is what the wolf howled over me

And the day that I died

I lay and I cried to the sky

That every word spoken was another one said

And the wind only knew what was whispered

And there as I lay

Halalu Halala

Is what the wolf howled over me

The breath of the earth

Blew across the land

And Atlas and the Turtle righted the world

And Neptune and the squid slunk into the sea

Never to be heard of again

And there as I lay

The owls and fox and eagle and wolf

All cried

Halalu Halala

Over me

And as I sit in the sky

And watch the world die

I think back to the time

That I laid and cried to the sky

And my heart soars

To the white bearded eagle

And allows it to scream

And the fox returns to its kits

The owls return to their silenced woods

To ask not

Out of respect

For now

With the honor of country and man

I can rest more peacefully

But still

As I lay

Halalu Halala

Is what the wolf howls over me

( I entered this into an local adult poetry contest back in 2014 and won first prize.  It was created during my senior year in high school as a dedicated poem for the Navajo code talkers.  I incorporated some of it into Polaris Skies and part of it inspired Subject 15 – it seemed fitting.)

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