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Wolf at the Door
by Ronald W. Hull

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Rated "G" by the Author.
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With half of the United States working
population with no accumulated wealth,
and the next 30% struggling to maintain
what they have, and threats from many
fronts, there is a growing pessimism
about the future that needs to be addressed.

Drawing Kristi Hareguizer at


Wolf at the Door

It's been a long, long winter,
and the wolf is at the door.

The college loans are due,
those lottery tickets didn't score.

My dream of being a star someday,
grows dimmer, more and more.

Those menial jobs I'm working,
barely pay the rent.

When I leave the grocery store,
my paycheck has been spent.

My old car needs major work,
but I can't afford the repair.

I struggle to pay for gasoline,
my insurance bills cause despair.

The commute is long and hard,
but I endure it every day.

My boss is cruel and heartless,
threatening to cut my pay.

I have no time for sickness,
my deductible is too great.

My home is now long gone,
foreclosed because I was late.

I couldn't help being laid off,
sharks and bank couldn't wait.

Retirement is a far-off dream,
that I have not saved for.

But if I can't even pay the rent,
I'll soon be out this door.

To join the wolf in the wilderness,
that dream of mine… no more.

Copyright 2015 © Ronald W. Hull

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Reviewed by Amor Sabor 3/2/2015
how true and it has always been that way. I am always wondering why, for example, does it take forever for the oil/gas companies to lower the price but hesitate not even for a second to raise the prices overnight and keep it there using every excuse in the book. That applies to just about everything else. The middle income earners are not really in the middle as the lines in the sand have shifted making them below par with the income earners of yesteryear
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 3/1/2015
A truly sad state of affairs in this once great nation of ours.

PS: Even the wolf in the wilderness is in dire straits today - our so called 'leaders' have taken away his Endangered Species status - and he is now being gunned down everywhere.
Reviewed by June Marshall 2/28/2015
remember when freedom and a dream was all one needed to feel fulfilled?
Reviewed by * Starman * * 2/28/2015
Nicely put. No margin for error here. "Nature cannot be fooled." Richard Feynman. There is no free lunch. and whatever is borrowed musty be repaid. The balance of life's equation will be settled.
Reviewed by George Carroll 2/28/2015
Reviewed by G. Roscoe 2/28/2015
True, nice write Ronald. Is there a dust of hope some where?
Reviewed by Isabella Koldras 2/28/2015
...beautifully written...very honest...profound poetry that have the potential
to motivate for some real changes...nourish people's its
own way...the motivation's like a morning shower...doesn't last...unless taken
every day....

NB: ...there are places in this advanced world that respect...human basic good education...for benefit the nation/world/humanity
and the time spent at University/College...adds to the estimation for later in life
retirement's is also...the children-bearing time.....

Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 2/28/2015
The sheep's skin is coming off that darn Wolf.
A right out there write Ron. True be it.

Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 2/28/2015
I hear ya hummin' "homey"!!!!!

Love ya!

Reviewed by Lark Pogue 2/28/2015
You just described my life. I truly do not know how average people can afford groceries. And everything has gone up each and every year for as long as I can remember, except wages that match. There are really two causes: first the greed of the super rich, and secondly, over population, which no politician would ever mention.
Reviewed by Michael Schafer 2/28/2015
You cut right through the b.s. and straight to the truth. The heart and soul of this country is being extinguished little by little. I think the tea party is the worst thing that's happened to this country in my lifetime. That and Fox news. A damn good write. This might be your best yet.

Michael D.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 2/28/2015
The wealthy 20%, and particularly the mostly anonymous 1%, don't care, except to protect their interests and continue to buy the government, stripping the average working person's ability to get ahead. Most by working a normal job (perhaps 60% of us are not outstanding in any way, just normal) and following the demands of an employer.

The idea that everyone can be an entrepreneur and get ahead that way is preposterous. It takes a lot of imagination, luck, some skills, or at least partners with skills, initial capital, and good money management to start a business and become successful. As a former business professor, I know that most startups fail and that most wealth is simply inherited. By stripping regulations designed to protect people from employers, unions, and other protections for the general population as a whole, the rich run government cronies have created basically a slave labor state.

Education is no longer valued and shifting technical skills may or may not be the key to a good wage. Some serious thinking has to be done by all of us if we are going to leave prosperity for our children and grandchildren.

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 2/28/2015
You pretty much called it like it is, Ron. We are nearing totally collapse of many major companies I feat. No fear, the government will bail them out. There, then is another problem. Sad day are sure to come, buddy, I agree.
Reviewed by J. Roseline 2/28/2015
So true, Ron , everywhere the story is the same, recession, growth, change of governments, happen and go. Sometimes that is why I happily feel, at least for oneself, most of one's life is over... It is like passsing a life lone exam Jk Roseline

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