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Tadpoling parts 1 and 2

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Tadpoling parts 1 and 2

part 1 

We bend low under over-hanging branches
lit by reflected river-light gently shifting. 
Our boots suck the muddy bank.
We wade into clear water
the dappled up-light playing 
on our  serious faces.
Intent on our task
hands plunge. 
Cold-shocked I gasp.
You hold your jar steady.
I scoop mine.
Triumphant in a shower of icy prisms 
we hold our prizes aloft,
laughing and shouting,
water streaming down our arms,
jars teeming with tadpoles.
Faces pressed close 
to these underwater worlds,
we stand transfixed.
Each reflects a small disc
of sparkling  sky.

part 2 

April trees rake scudding clouds.
Far away farm dogs bark
at wind-snatched shouts 
of bird-nesting boys.
Somewhere, a cuckoo calls.

In the back garden
a blackbird stakes out his territory.
Ignoring him the cat purrs,
yawning in the sun.

While unnoticed 
on the garden table
beside a upturned jar, 
a sprinkling
of flattened tadpoles
commas
drying in the sun.

The bored cat
saunters by,
her tail held high
in the shape 
of a question mark.

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  1. Date: 12/18/2008 4:37:00 PM
    Maggie - Wonderful poem - Congrats on having your poetry featured this week – Merry Christmas & God Bless, MJ

  1. Date: 12/16/2008 8:29:00 PM
    Hi Maggie, I remember this from when you originally wrote it. It is one of the most beautiful pieces of writing I have ever read. Thank you so much for sharing it. Lainie

  1. Date: 12/15/2008 5:09:00 PM
    Maggie, this was amazing. Congratulations on your featured write of the week! Warmest wishes for a beautiful holiday season. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 12/15/2008 6:00:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poetry being featured this week Maggie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/10/2008 3:51:00 AM
    Congrats, a pleasant to read!

  1. Date: 8/27/2008 12:11:00 PM
    Way to go Maggie. Great pen. Well deserved top three win. -ED-

  1. Date: 8/26/2008 2:43:00 PM
    *is a sprinkling of flattened tadpoles drying in the sun* a common occurrence, unmarked as a child, a sadness at the waste of life as an old man. An evocative poem. Congratulations on your placing.

  1. Date: 8/26/2008 7:23:00 AM
    Congrats on your success in Mark's contest.rgds Brian

  1. Date: 8/26/2008 5:22:00 AM
    Congratulations Maggie in placing in Mark's contest! Truly excellent and well deserved. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 8/25/2008 4:21:00 PM
    Nice use of imagery to forward your thoughts. Congratulations on having your poem place in Mark's contest. Wishing you continued success with your writing. Karen