"Wolf Hunt with Borzois" by TikhmenevA Poem for Veteran’s Day 2021, by Roy E. Peterson The Society November 11, 2021 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 15 Comments . The Soldier Keeps the Wolf at Bay The soldier keeps the wolf at bay So we may never see it. That is why the young today Simply don’t believe it. You say “We see no wolf out there? So why should we believe you?” The wolf is hiding in his lair The better to deceive you. And as the light grows dimmer then The wolf will come to prey So hold fast to those fighting men Who keep the wolf at bay. . . LTC Roy E. Peterson is a writer, retired U.S. Army Military Intelligence Officer, Foreign Area Officer, and Foreign Commercial Officer who currently resides in Texas. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 15 Responses Cynthia Erlandson November 11, 2021 Excellent! I’m so grateful for all who’ve served. A blessed Veterans’ Day to you, Roy! Reply Roy E. Peterson November 11, 2021 Bless you and thank you, Cynthia! Reply C.B. Anderson November 11, 2021 Sometimes, Roy, crying wolf is a good thing. Reply Roy E. Peterson November 11, 2021 Defining a threat is a necessity. Reply C.B. Anderson November 11, 2021 If it’s a wolf, then call it a wolf. Definition is important, but recognition is a difficult task for many of our fellow Americans. Sally Cook November 11, 2021 Dear Roy, A very perceptive poem! Thanks for posting it. Reply Roy E. Peterson November 11, 2021 Thank you, Sally. I know you understand. Reply Brian Yapko November 11, 2021 Roy, thank you for this deeply meaningful poem. That so many no longer can even recognize the wolf is dispiriting so yours is a very important wake-up call. Thank you for this poem. More importantly, thank you very much for your service to our country. Reply Roy E. Peterson November 11, 2021 Wonderful comments, Brian, and thank you. I worry about the present generation! Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant November 11, 2021 Roy, I fear the wolf has ventured from its lair and is gnashing at the thin shreds of sanity this world has left. We owe a huge THANK YOU to all those who gave so much to keep that wicked wolf at bay for so long. Roy, thank you for your poetic words of wisdom and thank you very, very much for your service. I am most grateful for both. Reply Roy E. Peterson November 11, 2021 I fear the same thing, Susan! I am most appreciative of your thanks! Reply Margaret Coats November 11, 2021 Many thanks for this sprightly warning of the wolf, and of the dangers faced when failing to recognize wolves. Today, there seems to be a perverse identification of scapegoats as wolves, with corresponding vicious attacks on those who threaten no harm. The real wolves are fed, and soldiers made powerless. Reply Jeff Eardley November 11, 2021 Roy, as we remember the fallen today, your poem sends out a powerful message to always be on our guard. We must never forget those brave souls who saved us from tyranny. Thank you so much. Reply Peter Hartley November 11, 2021 Roy – a very simple message well written, to remind our youth that because they do not see the dangers it does not mean they do not exist. Yet there are still people around who campaign for unilateral disarmament. Reply Paul Freeman November 12, 2021 A timely reminder, Roy. Thanks for the read. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.