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Salamander...... [Nature; A Salamander (Of Course!) : Confronting Nature; Almost Short]

Among damp leaves, in our front yard,
a spotted salamander lies.
A nest of eggs it does guard....
from bugs and other eyes.
Its solitude I just have jarred.
I think for both it was a surprise.

With my finger I feel its skin;
it is cool, and still as a smooth stone.
To harm its nest would be a sin,
but I take a photo with my phone.
Then over my face there comes a grin.
I step back, leaving it alone.

What other wonders are there hid
from unseeing eyes of Man?
Though I’ve seen a lot since I was a kid,
if I try harder I know I can....
see much more by lifting the lid....
which covers Mother Nature’s span.

Submitted: Monday, May 27, 2013
Edited: Monday, May 27, 2013


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not to brag, but this may be one of my favorite creations (this poem) . i love the rhyming. we did have salamanders around the house we just moved from and i think i did find a nest a few years ago. that is where i lived when i wrote this.
though i can never look at nature and assume it was created by a god, it is easy to see why many people cite 'nature's wonders' as evidence of God. AND to think that i can come up with this poem is also amazing but i still don't believe in God or Heaven, but DON'T tell God that!
i wrote this in Feb. but just revised it in May; it is even better now! bri edwards

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(Feb.2013)

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  • Valsa George (5/30/2013 11:51:00 AM)

    Yes, by lifting the lid of Nature, you can see many more wonders! I have heard that in Pensylvania, there are many salamanders though we were taught earlier that they are extinct creatures! I enjoyed your poem, but more the poet's note! I will definitely tell God that there lives a man who denies the entity of God and breaks his commands very often! ! Ha! Ha!

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  • Shahzia Batool (5/30/2013 6:27:00 AM)

    It's new and different! (new for me at least) , here rhyme-scheme is not a bondage as many advocates of free-verse think, but allowing the poet to speak of his heart about the salamander as an object of his keen observation, that's why the poem is a focused one. a good read! ! !

  • Paul Brookes (5/27/2013 1:39:00 AM)

    I hope the salamander lives a long and happy life as happy as this poem. Loved it. BB : O)

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