Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 - Advanced)
Topic: Don’t Look Back (04/19/12)
TITLE: A Duck Tale
By Verna Cole Mitchell
LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
SEND A PRIVATE COMMENT
ADD TO MY FAVORITES
following her swaying rump
on springtime’s soft new grass,
resembled a row of round yellow buttons
on a deep green velvet robe.
I wondered if she’d planned,
even before the first hatchling
ever poked through fragile shell,
to keep her young ones safe.
I imagined her waiting patiently
for each peep to emerge,
then checking to be sure
their wee webbed feet were perfect.
I felt sure before permitting them
to wander from the nest,
she warned them never to look back,
lest they fall into a hole
or get lost from their family
and be all alone and sad.
Perhaps she taught them, also,
to delight in nature’s gifts
that could be found in paths ahead,
like sun-drenched daisies and daffodils
or raindrops plopping on puddles.
I thought she must have trusted
they would follow her instructions,
for not once did she turn around
as they continued in a bouncing button row
till they waddled out of sight.
I expect that in the future
they will teach their own small ducklings
what they learned from Mother Duck.
The opinions expressed by authors may not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
Accept Jesus as Your Lord and Savior Right Now - CLICK HERE
JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and Spread the Gospel.