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Autumn’s leaves and groundhogs

October 16, 2009
By astrostar2 DIAMOND, Congers, New York
astrostar2 DIAMOND, Congers, New York
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Favorite Quote:
Nothing is impossible, it is either probable or improbable.

Winter is coming near, even the trees know it
Shedding their blushing foliage,
Leaving only their bare, lifeless branches.
Squirrels are gathering acorns and nuts
Scurrying about with bulging furry cheeks.
The larger animals eat as much as they can
Waddling along, chewing anything they find edible.
Watch the big jarlike groundhog slipping past,
Unnoticed in the golden tangle of grass and weeds.
Now he drags his jiggling body past the thistles,
Beady eyes intent on a target ahead.
He stops at my patch of tall sunflowers,
Raising his little brown head to see the whole plant.
Like a philosopher, he ignores the bright yellow bloom
But observes the less attractive, fanned leaves.
Without wobbling he lifts his thick bundled body,
Relinquishing his usual slouch.
He munches almost delicately, without a sound
On the crisp green leaves.

The author's comments:
I was inspired by the annoying, but adorable groundhogs that always came and destroyed my garden in the fall.

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This article has 23 comments.

Brian10haha said...
on Oct. 25 2009 at 8:23 pm
I really liked this poem!

i loved the descriptions. I'm telling you that writing class helped. No jk i don't think it helped me but still really good poem!

on Oct. 25 2009 at 8:19 pm
an instant classic

kaye42 said...
on Oct. 25 2009 at 7:16 pm
I really enjoyed this poem! I can understand exactly what the author is talking about because we always have groundhogs in our backyard. The descriptions are wonderful in this poem, and i especially enjoy the reference to the philosopher.