It’s Friday! And you know what that means: Poetry! Want to know more about Poetry Friday? Click this link right here. And be sure to check out A Journey Through the Pages to see this week’s round up of wonderful poetry related posts, blogs and goodness.
I am giving away a signed copy of Rodzilla, written by Rob Sanders and illustrated by Dan Santat. Enter here!
Like so many others, I am speechless, baffled and horrified by all the hate in the world. I’ve tried to wrap my head around it and I just can’t. Hatred is so insidious and vile and it has been left to fester for so long. How can I even begin to make a difference as an individual?
While pondering all this, something that my daughter said a few months back came to my mind. I wrote a longer post about the encounter, which you can read here, but what she told me just blew me away. She said “love is stronger than strong.” And it is. How do we combat hate? By opening our hearts and showing more empathy and compassion. It certainly is a start.
Now on to something a little more lighthearted. For those wondering, my daughter’s and my pedicures went fabulously. She, of course, got sparkly pink toes, while I’m now sporting dark purple on my digits.
This week I drew some inspiration from a not-so-little reptile friend. As an aside: did you know that alligators are more closely related to birds than to other lizards? Crazy!
Anyway, there is a golf course near our house where I often see an alligator basking in the sun. He just plops himself down and relaxes. It got me to thinking about summer days and how animals spend their free time. So I came up with this little poem.
Over the weedy bank,
Dragging his scaly belly
through cool mud.
Warm his armored back
While egrets and herons
One quick CHOMP!
Is all it would take.
But even old gators
Need lazy days.