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benj1 08-05-2010 08:13 PM

The Groundhog
 
This little intellectual distraction relieved my ennui after a groundhog found me stripping elderberries beside the shed.

There once was a hog of the ground kind
who thought if he nibbled I'd not mind.
He sampled a melon
Just as it was swellin'
And now all that's left is the rind.

dapjwy 08-06-2010 12:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by benj1 (Post 73695)
This little intellectual distraction relieved my ennui after a groundhog found me stripping elderberries beside the shed.

There once was a hog of the ground kind
who thought if he nibbled I'd not mind.
He sampled a melon
Just as it was swellin'
And now all that's left is the rind.

Bravo! :smileyclap

Staff 08-06-2010 05:25 AM

Good Weather Assured
by Winifred Sackville Stoner, 1870-1931


When the second of February rolls around,
Out of his hole in the cold, dark ground
Comes Mr. Groundhog to look at the sky
And see if the season of summer is nigh;
So that he in the fields may merrily run
And eat farmers' crops 'neath the light o' the sun.
But if his own shadow he unfortunately sees,
In the greatest of terror he falls on his knees,
And quickly returns to his subterra home,
Resolving that he will not again roam
Till six stormy weeks have slowly gone by,
And then once again, perhaps he will try
To put his flat head above the cold ground,
And take a survey of the earth all around.
So I made up my mind that during the year
I'd keep him at home so he couldn't appear.
And to bring wintry weather he hadn't a chance,
For of his own shadow he caught not a glance.

benj1 08-07-2010 08:26 PM

Here's an interesting account of these creatures that are so common in the northeastern and central states.

biigblueyes 08-08-2010 09:12 AM

ooohhh. I feel privileged to be among literary-minded folks this morning. Nothing like a little nature-inspired poetry to get motivated to tackle the summer garden.

I'll be back after the upcoming weeding session to see if more poetry has appeared to further inspire me.

dapjwy 08-08-2010 10:50 PM

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Originally Posted by biigblueyes (Post 73853)
ooohhh. I feel privileged to be among literary-minded folks this morning. Nothing like a little nature-inspired poetry to get motivated to tackle the summer garden.

I'll be back after the upcoming weeding session to see if more poetry has appeared to further inspire me.

I thought your weeding might have inspired you to write a haiku or something! ~smile~

biigblueyes 08-09-2010 07:21 AM

Haiku? nahhhh, I don't "get" poetry that doesn't rhyme. It just seems like a story if there's no rhyme.

dapjwy 08-09-2010 08:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by biigblueyes (Post 73921)
Haiku? nahhhh, I don't "get" poetry that doesn't rhyme. It just seems like a story if there's no rhyme.

I don't "get" a lot of poetry, but I am starting to appreciate it more.

hmmm...

All these weeds
and their seeds
think I'm cruel
when I pull

LOL...that is the best I can do.

Or

All these weeds
and their seeds
take their toll
on my soul

(I finally slept in today and am still groggy...and in another one of my goofy moods.)

biigblueyes 08-09-2010 11:04 AM

I like them - they put a grin on my face!

Whether I think of fauna
as gentle or as beast
will often be determined
by which plants are their feast.

dapjwy 08-09-2010 12:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by biigblueyes (Post 73937)
I like them - they put a grin on my face!

Whether I think of fauna
as gentle or as beast
will often be determined
by which plants are their feast.

Thank you. =)

See! there you go! I bet next time you are out weeding you'll be composing poems! LOL!


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