Meadow Surprises

Meadow Surprises :

Walk across a green field, a park or even under a clump of trees, and you will notice many wonderful things. What are some of the surprises a meadow has for someone with a keen eye and a sharp ear?

Meadows have surprises,

You can find them if you look;

Walk softly through the velvet grass,

And listen by the brook.

You may see a butterfly

Rest upon a buttercup

And unfold its drinking straws

To sip the nectar up.

You may scare a rabbit

Who is sitting very still;

Though at first you may not see him,

When he hops you will.

A dandelion whose fuzzy head

Was golden days ago

Has turned to airy parachutes

That flutter when you blow.

Explore the meadow houses,

The burrows in the ground,

A nest beneath tall grasses,

The ant’s amazing mound.

Oh! Meadows have surprises

And many things to tell;

You may discover these yourself,

If you look and listen well.

Lois Brandt Phillips

The word POETRY originates from a Greek word meaning TO MAKE. A poet is thus a maker and the poem something that is made or created. No single definition of poetry is possible but some characteristic features of poetry may be mentioned. Poetry has a musical quality with rhythm, pitch, metre and it may use figures of speech such as simile and metaphor. While quite a few poems in this selection are in traditional forms, the unit also includes modern poems that are free from formal restrictions.

Here is a list of English Poems written by various authors. Whatever the question is, poetry may be the answer. Writers say poetry provides them with comfort, a way to express themselves and the discipline of finding the essence with few words. Writing the poem (and finding just the right word) is the measure of success that the authors use. Really good poetry is instinctive. It’s who you are. It’s from the heart. You need to expose yourself to all kinds of poets and you may find your motivation and muse that way. Poetry gets to the core meaning. Poetry expands ideas.

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