Animal Poem

A Celebration Of The Natural World

I love the natural world, and I am concerned for the loss of species in the face of climate change. But I am also heartened by Earth's capacity to renew itself and embrace life. My poem celebrates Angel Falls and the extraordinary fish that leap over its edge. As a mixed form poem of three stanzas (quintain, tercet, quintain) it includes rhyme, which I hope, along with its irregular rhythm, emphasises the movement of the waterfall and the fish that seem to defy death.

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Waterfall

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Published by Family Friend Poems December 1, 2023 with permission of the Author.

No shell or mermaid here
at Angel Falls.
No sandy castle, flag,   
no lobster, crab,                                                     
or common dab would face the drop.   

But desperadoes do.
These nimble, acrobatic fish dive in
to brave this water world.               

Their scaly fins are wings, are pearled.                                           
Their bodies lithe and small,                   
cascade and tumble, 
fly and fall,
as angels do.

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Mary Green works as a writer for children and young adults and has published many books across the age range in educational and trade publishing, including study guides, non-fiction, anthologies, fiction, and picture books. Before she became a writer she earned her living as an English teacher, and subsequently ran educational support...

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Well whatever it is, I really like it. I've just been reading your bio. Wow! Very impressive. I'll go and visit your website next! I'm afraid I haven't got round to a website yet... Just a few poems on Family Friends Poetms and a few more published by Indigo Dreams. You make me realize I should make more effort.

Very best wishes
Ann

I really enjoyed this poem - I could picture it all so clearly. Best wishes, Ann

I'm glad you enjoyed the poem and thanks very much for your kind words. It was written for children originally, but I didn't think it was sufficiently child-like. Not quite an adult poem either. I suppose it's a hybrid.

Best wishes,
Mary

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