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Bloggers Photo Greetings fellow Soupers! For most of you who don’t know me, my name is Gwendolen. I have been enjoying this website since February 2011. Really, I am just a big kid at heart who enjoys a vast array of poetry ranging from Shel Silverstein, Ken Nesbit, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, to  Jewel.  As a matter of fact, my father told me when I was in fourth grade that he even named me after his favorite African American poet, Pulitzer Prize winner Gwendolyn Brooks. This news meant little to me at the time, but when I shared it with my class during show and tell, my teacher was quite impressed. (Apparently she liked Brook’s poetry too, as she read one of her poems aloud the next day. Imagine how red my face was?!!) If Mrs. Goolsby thought poetry was cool, then it must have been true because she had a glass eye, and everyone thought it was the neatest trick when she took it out to clean it during the day. From that day forward poetry was cool, I was cool, and a little poetry spark grew inside me!

Much of the poetry I write has to do with personal experiences in my everyday life.  For example, meet the new neighbor who visits my yard daily. I haven’t given this rascal a name yet, but just to be nice,  I wrote a poem about her called, The Polite Ground Hog. Writing a poem was the nicest gesture I could do after this “little princess” ate my cucumber plants. (Yes, this is sarcasm!)

Peace to you guys! You are the best! Thanks for your encouragement and your friendship.

It's Ground Hog Day---NOT!

Blog Posted:6/18/2012 11:02:00 PM

Well, she's back again! That pesky ground hog! More than 5 enormous holes have been dug in my yard and now she would like to live 'neath my shed!!

Looking for some poetic advice on how to handle this situation and also give her an official name! hahah. 

(Personally, I think she might be pregnant !! )

If you can't come up with any helpful advice, at least humor me with ground hog poetry! :)  Thanks Soupers! You are Super!


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  1. Date: 6/26/2012 12:15:00 PM
    Hey Gwendolen do these come mail order also??

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  1. Date: 6/20/2012 3:20:00 AM
    this cutie warms me, gwenie... will check your doggie fest!..: enjoyed your new bio...huggs!

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  1. Date: 6/19/2012 7:34:00 PM
    Andrea, I will contact the bureau of birth statistics and change her name once again just for visiting...Here goes.. Digger Punx Gwenhoglen Shadow David Groundelen Preggy Hoggy! ....and there u have it folks, official name!

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  1. Date: 6/19/2012 6:35:00 PM
    you could call her Digger? I think I heard that name once for a dog! How cute she is. Maybe you could catch her and put her on a leash. heehee. Great blog! (I have a ground hog poem somewhere but can't remember in which file!) oh, boy, I just saw her name down here. I guess I was way too late to get into the action of naming her!

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  1. Date: 6/19/2012 2:35:00 PM
    So here we have it folks--I will name princess ground hog,,,,,(drum roll please..........) Punx Gwenhoglen Shadow David Groundelen Preggy Hoggy! It's a long sophisticated name just fit for a queen. Thanks for hanging out in my blog guys...As I end this thing I have a silly video that has great lyrics for my mascot!

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  1. Date: 6/19/2012 2:28:00 PM
    @ David-interesting repellant IF I also had a PET LION! lol...@ Jag-I will try this chant of yours bc it doesn't require money and safari animal excrement! Funny one! @ Nikko-I will look into sending you one of my favorite Jewel poems sometime this week. Great to know you like children's poetry and Shel's work like I do. The Giving Tree is outstanding! I have an autographed copy of it! :) @ Susan-You bring up a very valid point...maybe I could plant a garden in my neighbor's yard behind mine to draw her out of mine! Hmmm...clever! Great thinkin' machine you are!....@ Elliot-I am awaiting this famous woodchuck write of yours...Maybe this will cause u to cross over to children's poetry...We shall name you The Sober Poet OR...The Kool Aid Drinking Poet! lol...

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  1. Date: 6/19/2012 2:20:00 PM
    Hi Mar, I know...Have a heart, right?...I am feeling guilty for being mean to this gal. I found out today that a baby woodchuck is called a "chuckling"...ahhh..isn't that cute?...I have seen numerous videos how people nurture them into friendly yard pets and a few families actually have the ground hogs come up to their back door and tap on it for food...I guess we will be ordering pizza tonite!

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  1. Date: 6/19/2012 12:39:00 PM
    G., everyone is falling in love with it, and u want to make stew out of 7 it is!

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  1. Date: 6/19/2012 9:38:00 AM
    Btw I enjoyed reading your bio :) Ah Shel Silverstein-- I wonder who brought him to my attention? Yes, The Giving Tree right? And Ah, Jewel has indeed some meaningful poetry for her songs :) So cool that you were named after a poet! Wow! I have never read her poems though...I wish you the best for your groundhog princess :D

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  1. Date: 6/19/2012 9:36:00 AM
    Oh Gwen!! That is such a cutie ground hug in your bio pic! I actually was able to view the pic you put here a bit earlier but my connection zonked out and it won't load but wow-- I love that backview-- she looks huggable! can one even hug a groundhog?? Hehe can her name be Hoggies? Huggy Hoggies! Although Ruben's name is adorable :D! I'm sorry I have no clue how to help out-- ooh wee if she is preggy though (haha Preggy Hoggy) maybe catching her and releasing her elsewhere is doable? Huggies to you! :D

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  1. Date: 6/19/2012 8:59:00 AM
    Maybe if it had it's own little groundhog garden, it would leave yours alone! ha!

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  1. Date: 6/19/2012 8:19:00 AM
    LOL YEA Gwendolyn do just that and see what you come up with....Some rum, lime and coke should do her fine lol....I'll take a couple of drinks and write about her today....waaaaayyyy to funny..

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  1. Date: 6/19/2012 8:10:00 AM
    I could hear you shouting orders to your daughter when she was showering it. If u dont like the name Ruben gave, I would suggest one:' Groundelen'. After showering it, call it thrice with this name and it will never ever bother you , :) Jag

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  1. Date: 6/19/2012 7:51:00 AM
    Gwen, have you tried Lion poo? that is spread it on the ground, not throw it at the hog he he he..David

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  1. Date: 6/19/2012 5:42:00 AM
    Chris--I just received a text from my neighbor that we can borrow his animal trap this evening...THAT SEEMS PEACEFUL...EVERYONE IS INVITED TO MY COOKOUT AT 7pm tho....Ground HOG STEW! haha ha...

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  1. Date: 6/19/2012 5:15:00 AM
    In a USA Today article (JAN 2012) PETA has a very aggressive stance on GROUND HOG RIGHTS, Yas...check this out-PETA says Punxsutawney Phil is being badly treated by the crowds and noise at the annual Groundhog Day festival on Feb. 2 and should be replaced with a robotic groundhog . Gemma Vaughan, Animals in Entertainment specialist for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said in a letter to organizers of the annual spectacle in Punxsutawney, PA, that groundhogs, which are normally shy and spend much of their time in burrows, "become stressed when they are exposed to large, screaming crowds; flashing lights from perhaps hundreds of cameras; and human handling." (copied from USA Today). So I guess you have a valid point, Yas--Watch out for the PETA OCCUPIERS who might show up in my yard!!! (I can just see it now!) ha ha ha.

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  1. Date: 6/19/2012 5:11:00 AM
    Tom, I have read this about dried blood...I will try that out today...I will have to investigate this angle. I wonder if I have to keep reapplying it after it rains each time? It has been raining here a lot and it could get mighty expensive. There is also a spray that has the scent of other animals' urine in it. Quite pungent too. I might go with a dual approach bc I am desperate! @ Elliott--Hey, I could leave out some gin and vodka and have her read some drunken poetry with me?...hahah (IF she's NOT PREGNANT, right?...

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  1. Date: 6/19/2012 5:05:00 AM
    @ Mar-great lil ditty...If she comes back, I'll read that to her AS I AM CHASiNG HER WITH A BROOM!!! ha...@ Jan-"Shadow"actually is a great name for her...I also like Ruben's name for her "Gwenhoglen" just as long as it doesn't mean that I am FAT!! Yeah, let's name her after the owner of the yard, right?...hahah.

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  1. Date: 6/19/2012 5:00:00 AM
    @Mar, I know this frisky ground hog SAW MY SHADOW!! hee hee hee! I just went out to see if she came back.....NO NEW HOLES!! PHEW!!!@ Ruben, hey, the fact that you were also named after a famous poet places us in a club of our own...Did u like poetry as a child? Did knowing this change your views about poetry? :)

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  1. Date: 6/19/2012 2:42:00 AM
    I believe you can find dried animal blood at your gardening center and that should deter the little critter

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  1. Date: 6/19/2012 1:51:00 AM
    What an interesting blog. I have a question. Did the ground hog see its shadow. Here is a name for the ground hog. "Shadow" Not orginal, but what the hey. Jancarl

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  1. Date: 6/19/2012 1:03:00 AM
    Heres the poem..... The reason The Ground Hog is eating Your garden, it's vegan Bitter roots, sweeter leaves and Nutrients to keep it breathing.

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  1. Date: 6/19/2012 12:24:00 AM
    I was reading your bio and... you know what? My father named me Ruben Dario after his fav poet too! : ) A name for your cute pet?... Gwenhoglen! : )

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  1. Date: 6/19/2012 12:14:00 AM
    After it ate, you gals showered it, and the thing went to sleep. Wassup with the shadow thing; it doesn't have one?

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  1. Date: 6/18/2012 11:59:00 PM
    No ground hog is gonna ruin my yard! My daughter was spraying her with the hose and I was hitting the sides of the shed real loud...finally she dug 2 more gargantuan holes to escape...I thought about pouring kitty litter (used) round the outside of my shed...Love the ground hog names and I am glad that u are humane when it comes dealing with these issues. I believe my state is a " do not shoot ground hogs" state...Yes, I too enjoy Jewel's poetry regarding her life on the road, hotel to hotel, with her agent and her guitar! I really enjoyed her last book and the format was very simple too. U accidentally read my entry for your contest this evening...I wrote it this evening at the park...It was a nice time. Thanks for the encouragement, Chris.

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  1. Date: 6/18/2012 11:42:00 PM
    Hullo Gwen. So, you're going to let the groundhog destroy your garden? Oh boy, the advice I could give on ridding yourself of this wonderful friend of yours, is from experiences when I was young....mainly wot my Uncle the farmer would do; but I wouldn't advocate such behaviour anymore, especially with all of the time I have spent saving animals since then. Also, we used to get paid money per groundhog/gopher/etc that we claimed on his farmland. I guess in a way, I owe my Uncle for my excellent marksmanship lol. Lots of practice. Hmmmm, if the groundhog was a male, I would give it a silly name like: Punx(short for, Punxsutawney Phil, Bill Murray's character in the movie, Groundhog Day). Hey, on a completely different topic, I found your bio interesting. Cool - Brooks, Nesbit, and Silverstein. Actually, I remember reading through Jewel's lyrics after someone left behind a CD(I hadn't really listened to any of her music though), and found her lyrics very well-written, complex and poetic.

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