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His Second Home

In days of old, when temperaments were weak,
And daily struggles drove sad souls to hell.
There lived a child with spirit shy and meek.
Who practiced smiles, her heart an empty shell.
She learned to walk with grace; she was a belle.
Withdrawn from life, inside herself she prayed.
The other children's squealing laughter stayed.

Each day for many days one dish of treats,
With pecans so delicious, fresh…just right
Was placed beneath a palm tree; squirrels feast.
And quickly scamper home because of fright.
The lonely child looked on with great delight.
And that is where her love for him began.
She tapped pecans; and named him, “Little Dan.”

That city critter wore a furry coat.
Watched hungrily from habitat unbound.
He'd visit daily; but remained remote.
Temptation tapped its firmly rapping sound.
As steadily the girl enticed, dreams found.
Love blossomed brightly there in nature's lair.
Beneath a palm tree, tapping pecans there.

Before too long he scampered to the dish.
And quietly she prayed to be his friend.
He quickly grabbed a nut, as was his wish!
Ecstatically, her heart began to mend.
This all because their trust let them befriend.
For many years, those two basked in the sun.
Her lap, his second home, made life great fun!

© Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen

Poetic form: Lay

Copyright © | Year Posted 2010

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Date: 3/16/2010 5:58:00 AM
Congratulations on your win in the contest ~Somewhere A Pet Is Waiting Contest~ sponsored by ~A Rambling Poet~ Dane Ann. Love, Carol
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Date: 3/15/2010 9:03:00 PM
Well, gosh, was this really true? WAs it a type of squirrel, Dane anne? Really rouses my curiosity aobut the animal. Congratulations on your win. LUv, Andrea
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Date: 3/11/2010 1:03:00 PM
What a delightful story Dane Ann. Well written too. Congratulations
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Date: 3/10/2010 6:14:00 PM
Congrats Dane Ann on your winning poem and placement in the Pet contest.. another wonderful write and win for u to so enjoy as I did reading it... thankxxx again for your precious comments on my poetry also ...luv.. Linda-Marie..
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Date: 3/10/2010 5:44:00 PM
A great poem about your dear pet! Well done, Dane Ann. Another win!!! Hooray for you! :) Love, Carrie
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Date: 3/10/2010 5:35:00 PM
a lovely, tender poem. Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce
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Date: 3/2/2010 3:55:00 AM
Very nice story you posted here, Dane Ann! And you told it in such a nice language. At the moment I am very busy with other things to do so I will post some poetry later. Have a nice week ahead..Gert
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Date: 3/1/2010 10:32:00 PM
How sweet a story and a beautiful write it is. Thanks for sharing, Dane-Ann and thank you for placing among the winners on your end line word new form contest. Best wishes, Caroline.
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Date: 3/1/2010 10:32:00 PM
Great story and so well written!
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Date: 3/1/2010 7:34:00 PM
I enjoyed the divesirty of this poem. Thank you for noticing my poetry. Randy
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Date: 3/1/2010 3:58:00 PM
This is such a sweet story, Dane Ann. What a treasure this little girl found in "Little Dan." Delightful! Love you, Carolyn
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Date: 3/1/2010 3:50:00 PM
Beautiful words in your poetry Dane Ann and thankxxx so very much for your special blog comment today and for giving me an HM for my Fairy Tales End Line Word in your contest... appreciate the honor.. my son will be leaving at 9 p.m. EST..luv.. to u and a big thankxxx and congrats to all your winners...Linda-Marie
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Date: 3/1/2010 12:52:00 PM
What a story.I like it.I posted a new poem yesterday.Hope all is well with you.
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Date: 3/1/2010 8:34:00 AM
Adelightful poem with a vey new form here Dane. Thanks also for your delightful comments. Agape, Moses
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Date: 3/1/2010 8:06:00 AM
Nice work Dane.Rgds Brian & thanks for your always welcome comments. & congrats on your recent contest success
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Date: 3/1/2010 7:25:00 AM
This is so sweet, Dane Ann, it should do so well in the contest!! Good luck! ~ Love, Carrie
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Date: 3/1/2010 5:50:00 AM
NICE!!!!! Very good!!!....:JP]
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