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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Shhh. (02/18/10)

TITLE: Don't Frighten the Pansies
By Verna Cole Mitchell
02/23/10


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Be quiet, shhh, donít make a sound;
The earth is winter sleeping.
Youíll frighten timid pansies that
Above the snow are peeping.

The squirrels, tiptoeing all around,
Are searching here and there.
They hid some nuts last autumn
But canít remember where.

Some bears and bats and skunks and snakes
Hide out in hibernation.
With bitter cold, that seems to be
An excellent vacation.

Wee mice and moles beneath the ground
Are burrowed in their beds
With snow and icy covers as
Their ornamental spreads.

When God Creator will decree
Sweet springtime to arrive,
Thereíll be no need of shushing then;
The world will come alive.

The songbirds that in colder climes
Sing muted melodies
Will greet sunís dawning golden rays
With glorious symphonies.

Soft snowflakes lightly touching down
On frozen bleak terrains
Will be replaced by thunderís roar
And Aprilís pounding rains.

The creek just now is frozen that
Meanders through the glen,
But with the sunís warm thawing, it
Will rush and roar again.

Thereíll be no need for silencing
Earthís joyful sounds of spring,
Replacing winterís quietness
With natureís caroling.


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Charla Diehl 02/25/10
This very enjoyable, wonderfully rhymed poem fits the topic beautifully. Great job.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/27/10
What a pretty nature inspired poem. I enjoyed it.
Donna Wolther02/27/10
Very life like. Made me yearn for spring even that much more.
Francy Judge 02/27/10
A lovely poem. Your last stanza was a perfect way to sum it up.
Gregory Kane03/01/10
A pleasing refrain
Mona Purvis03/02/10
As I sit here and look out the window at snow falling here in the south once again, I am renewed by this wonderful poem.
On topic, beautiful voice, great meter, wonderful message. Oh, did I say I love it?

mona
Sarah Elisabeth 03/02/10
What a cheerful poem about the coming spring :-)
Beth LaBuff 03/02/10
I love your title and your theme of winter sleeping, and then "you'll frighten timid pansies" :) This has a great voice. Your last stanza is gorgeous!!!
Edy T Johnson 03/02/10
I want an autographed copy of a book of your poetry. You paint such lovely pictures with your rhythm, rhyme and words. This is just exquisite, friend!
Loren T. Lowery03/03/10
Indeed do not hush spring's coming! Loved the reference of the mice and mole's ornamental spread. And of course, I could just picture those squirrels tiptoeing around, searching for what they hid and forgot.
Tessy Fuller03/03/10
Reading this makes me tingle with a bit of spring fever. I love the last few lines. Looking forward to spring even more after reading this.
Ruth Stromquist03/04/10
Love the images your words bring to mind. Get a very strong sense of peace as I read and after reading.
Beth LaBuff 03/04/10
Verna, I will whisper, so as not to "frighten the pansies"... but CONGRATS!!! on your Editor's Choice!.. (whoops, sorry, got carried away)... Hope the pansies recover from their fright! :)
Carol Penhorwood 03/04/10
Verna, you truly are a master. I just love reading your writing! This just seemed to FLOW! What beautiful imagery and, oh, how I long for spring!