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A lowly blossom, striving to sustain 
her beauty in the early morning mist, 
the crocus, craving moisture to maintain 
her stoic fight 'gainst winter's iron fist. 
A lowly mollusc slithers 'neath his shell, 
he slowly weaves, and leaves a silver trail, 
antennae primed and ready for the knell, 
when sparrows poke and peck his coat of mail. 
Creatures and plants in the midst of the fray, 
searching for sustenance, dying of thirst, 
staving off hunger, say, is there a way 
to count ourselves blessed, not feeble and cursed? 
   Predator, prey, both the fittest, the weakest; 
   who will prevail? I would bet on the shrewdest! 

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  1. Date: 4/3/2013 7:08:00 AM
    Nice reflection

  1. Date: 4/2/2013 11:24:00 AM
    - Thanks Keith, I enjoyed reading this poem. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 4/2/2013 7:49:00 AM
    Hi Keith Another look at the struggle of some of nature's fodder. Seems I'm not making time for poetry lately. So though let me stop by my favorites today. Happy belated Easter. xx's oo's Kathy

  1. Date: 4/1/2013 12:02:00 PM
    Beautiful poem. I love the way you linked nature and its struggle to survive with human nature and our own struggle. At least that is what i got from it. I hope that I can find ways to perfect my writings as you obviously have. kudos!