Friday, April 3, 2015

Garden Clean Up

clip branches
pull up weeds
out of breath
sweat beads

stubborn stem
full force tug
eek - SURPRISE
giant slug

Today I was inspired to incorporated the word "surprise" into my poem by Mary Lee Hahn at
 A Year of Reading and her PO-EMotion challenge.

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20 comments:

Amy LV said...

So funny! And so true. Those garden surprises are the best. For us, yesterday it was road surprises. The frogs are out with the rain! Happy spring and many good surprises to you. Happy Poetry Friday too! xo, a.

Carol said...

So much "fun" to find these hidden surprises in the garden! I love the rhythm of this poem!

jama said...

I cringed with surprise at the slug! Clever poem, Bridget :).

Kay said...

Ew! Those slugs do surprise--especially if you grab one while tugging.

Linda B said...

Terrific, and you remind me that if I could discover a few of those slugs, they make good items for students to sketch. I do my clean-up in the fall, so instead will have to dig around a little, see what's down there! Thanks, Bridget.

Anonymous said...

So many things hide under the leaves and rocks. Such an adventure gardening.

Mary Lee said...

Yikes! A surprise, indeed!

(Truth be told, though, I would probably follow my "Yikes!" with a closer look and a move to a better spot. I am, after all, the one who rescues earthworms on the sidewalk after a hard rain!)

Liz Steinglass said...

Fun! I like the tempo and the surprise.

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Amy! Lucky you with the frogs! I like frogs much more than slugs. =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Carol! New sprouts a much better surprises than slugs. =)

Bridget Magee said...

I agree, Jama, slugs are very cringe worthy! =)

Bridget Magee said...

I agree, Kay, nothing worse than a handful of slug! =)

Bridget Magee said...

I'm so glad my poem will inspire art, Linda! Drawing a slug sounds like the only good use for them. Happy slug hunting! =)

Bridget Magee said...

Yes, gardening can be quite the adventure - and not just because of the slugs. =)

Bridget Magee said...

Yes, Mary Lee, we have a rescue/relocation plan in place with the critters we find. This past week we rescued/relocated a toad from our bathroom! =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Liz! Surprises are nice in a poem - not so much with a squishy critter in your hand. =)

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

Ewwwwwwwwwww! (Just the slug... not your poem.) :)

Tabatha said...

Your first stanza makes me feel as though I should get out there and do some work! But your second stanza makes me feel okay about staying in :-)

Bridget Magee said...

I agree, Michelle, slugs are ewwwwwwwwwwwww! =)

Bridget Magee said...

Too funny, Tabatha! You have my permission to proceed with caution on the garden clean up. =)

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