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Eye-level With the Earth

April 4, 2013
By ElisaTheDuck ELITE, Rigaud, Other
ElisaTheDuck ELITE, Rigaud, Other
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Favorite Quote:

The other day I went outside
To get a whiff of spring-filled turf.
I got an urge to lie on the ground,
And get eye-level with the earth.

So this I did with carefulness,
As not to disturb the busy ants,
Or hurt the harmless little bugs,
Or squash the fragile, blooming plants.

Once I was down I looked around;
A surprising marvel met my eyes,
For the way we normally see all things
Is not the view where the insect lies.

A tiny world is what I saw,
A valley (actually a shallow dip),
Was surrounded by volcanic hills
And red ants like lava spilled o'er the lip.

Winged insects were fluttering about;
Small plants like trees were scattered round.
A beetle wandered aimlessly,
Seeking what was not yet found.

I saw the burrow of a worm;
A honeybee gathering its pollen;
A butterfly among the flowers,
And a cricket for a mate was callin'.

That other day I went outside
And lay down on the spring-filled turf,
I had the most wondrous experience
To get eye-level with the earth.

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Cam_is_Away said...
on Apr. 9 2016 at 10:01 pm
Cam_is_Away, Non, California
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I love this one! Fantastic!

on Apr. 24 2013 at 7:45 pm
Helena_Noel BRONZE, Burnt Hills, New York
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Favorite Quote:
“I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I'd rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way: The eye's a better pupil and more willing than the ear, fine counsel is confusing, but example's always clear.” -Edgar Guest

HaHA! i am on a computer, and so can comment on this without wacky text box issues.... hopefully. This is really good all the way through, especially the fourth stanza. After reading that, i was really hoping for more on what the world looked like from there. I guess I will just have to plop down outside and see for myself, eh? I really liked seeing the traditional style, and poems about nature always enchant me, do you read any of the old romantics?