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Groundhog Day - Gifts, Sonnets and Other Poetry

Updated on October 3, 2014

Groundhog Day - Gifts, Sonnets and Other Poetry

Groundhog Day celebrates the seasonal prediction of the groundhog on February 2nd. The wisdom has it that if the groundhog does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring. However, seeing his shadow means there will be 6 more weeks of winter. Punxutawney Phil of Punxutawney, Pennsylvania, USA, is the most famous of the Groundhogs.

My husband and I celebrate this day because it is unspoiled by commercialism such as gifting, greeting cards, candy and high societal expectations. We are also very interested in the weather. This year we enjoyed Groundhog Day by going out for burgers and beers!

All poetry copyright Mindy Makuta (aka MyFairLadyah). Reprint with Permission

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A Sonnet for Punxatawney Phil

In his burrow slept Punxutawney Phil

Early that February second morn

When the Inner Circle men felt the chill

Up on Gobbler's Knob with black top hats worn

What would the Groundhog predict for this year?

Would cold Winter linger or Spring be quick

More gloomy times or days warming and clear

Only Phil's true shadow would do the trick

So with great Ceremony for the crowd

The Emcee gently gathered the rodent

Held him up high; yes, he held him up proud

To make the announcement of the moment

The words the assembled wanted to hear

More weeks of winter or was the spring near

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Let's find a holiday that's lots of fun

And very few folks that celebrate

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