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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Don’t Look Back (04/19/12)

TITLE: A Duck Tale
By Verna Cole Mitchell
04/24/12


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Mother Duck’s little flock of fluff balls,
following her swaying rump
on springtime’s soft new grass,
resembled a row of round yellow buttons
on a deep green velvet robe.
I wondered if she’d planned,
even before the first hatchling
ever poked through fragile shell,
to keep her young ones safe.
I imagined her waiting patiently
for each peep to emerge,
then checking to be sure
their wee webbed feet were perfect.
I felt sure before permitting them
to wander from the nest,
she warned them never to look back,
lest they fall into a hole
or get lost from their family
and be all alone and sad.
Perhaps she taught them, also,
to delight in nature’s gifts
that could be found in paths ahead,
like sun-drenched daisies and daffodils
or raindrops plopping on puddles.
I thought she must have trusted
they would follow her instructions,
for not once did she turn around
as they continued in a bouncing button row
till they waddled out of sight.
I expect that in the future
they will teach their own small ducklings
what they learned from Mother Duck.


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Catherine Maher04/27/12
Sweet and oh so light hearted. Just what I needed right now. I can be soooo serious. Thank you for mother duck. I adore this poem.
CD (Camille) Swanson 04/28/12
Awwww...so sweet and so true. Thank you for this. God Bless~
Helen Curtis04/29/12
Awww, I'm a sucker for cute little baby animals! This is lovely. You paint such a beautiful picture with your words; I would love to see this in a child's room framed with a picture painted in gentle shades of yellow and pink and green.

Thanks for making me smile. Well done.
Yvonne Blake 04/30/12
Giggle ... I could just see those cute little button butterballs waddling after their mother. I love this!
Margaret Kearley 05/01/12
This is just beautiful. The descriptions are so vivid that I can see that little line quite clearly! Just gorgeous - but also I feel with quite a picture lesson of application. Thankyou.
Charla Diehl 05/02/12
This entry would be perfect for a children's book with all the pictures you conveyed so vividly throughout this lighthearted piece. Cute, sweet and even whimsical in places. Nice work.
Beth LaBuff 05/02/12
I consider this "warm and downy" (as opposed to "warm and fuzzy") in nature! I love your opening image and your simile. I'm smiling as I imagine this Mother Duck teaching her young, then forging straight ahead, and not looking back. This makes me want to change all of children's fairy-tales to "Mother Duck" stories instead of "Mother Goose." This is truly great work!