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A Grand Surprise

Updated on April 27, 2011

A Grand Surprise

It was a mild and springy day,
one I could not while away...
So I dressed to do the deed
and set my hand to pull and weed.

The sun was warm, the breeze was sweet
and I was set on weed defeat...
when I heard the strangest cry
pierce the air and peace defy.

It sounded not unlike a crow,
almost a caw, but not quite so.
My eyes then scanned up to the sky
from whence I heard that strangest cry.

Now in the yard there stands a tree...
a wise old oak, of aged degree.
Stout in girth, and lofty height...
imposing in its rooted might.

And as I sat upon the ground,
I searched above for the eerie sound.
Tangled branch and moss and leaf
is what I saw, an oakly shief.

Again, I heard that odd melee,
A beasty call then fade away.
And what my eye caught, not a bird...
but a sight that struck me as absurd.

Way up high within that oak
Two masked eyes in a furry cloak
and a striped tail, a sight to see…
A mama raccoon peering down at me.

I could not believe my eyes…
Such an unexpected, grand surprise!
I gingerly crept to the house
To snag my camera, like a mouse.

When I returned, there proud, she sat
With two babies, cute and fat…
And on a branch not far away,
There lay pop, king for the day!

All stretched out along a limb
Lay this furry patronym…
Who posed, as if a famous face,
For my lens, with pride and grace.

And now I share this little tale
with snappy photos to unveil…
To prove this is no quirky joke
A raccoon family’s in my oak!

"Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved."



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      No_Clue 5 years ago

      BeyondMax, they are cute but not so popular, I'm afraid. Last year the raccoons got all of my son's corn from his garden...He was not happy! We are gonna put a fence around the garden this year...Thanks!

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      So sweet and fluffy =) What a lovely story! Aren't they cute =) Do they come to the garden for food or just passing by? Awesome pictures!

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      Norma, this was such a fun experience and a fun write! I so appreciate your visits and great comments! I will definitely return to your hub! Take good care!

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      Norma Budden 6 years ago from Nunavut, Canada

      This is a beautiful poem and the photos make it come even more alive. I really enjoyed my visit and I have a feeling I'll be reading more of your writing in the near future. I really enjoy what I'm seeing, thus far.

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      star, your visits always bring a smile to my face and my heart! Thank you for being you and for being here! Hugs!

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      Annette Donaldson 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      beautiful No-Clue, Your words so sweet and inspiring, and as ever beautifully rhymed. Fantastic photos too. Much love and hugs x

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      attemptedhumour, thank you, kindly! I so appreciate you!

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      Mimi, thank you! I have learned to take my camera with me pretty much wherever I go...well, not to weed but fortunately it was close by...hehe...and thank goodness, my little raccoon friends were willing to pose!

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      attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

      Isn't nature wonderful? Your poem is beautifully rhymed again and the message is lovely too. Add the photos to round it off and bingo! Another winner. See ya.

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      Mimi721wis 6 years ago

      Wow! Love it, Love it. This reminds me of when I was on my way to work and saw a really large beautiful brown owl. My camera was no where near.

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      Bumpsysmum, Yes I get snuggly and gooey upon you! I appreciate you!

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      Bumpsysmum 6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      ooooh! Gone all snuggly and gooey, what a lovely thing to have happen and then to share it with us, thank you No_Clue - Great pics too :-)

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      CreatePerfection 6 years ago from Beautiful Colorado

      No_Clue, this was wonderful and so sweet. You are such a great poet. Thank you for this lovely delight. It truly brightened my day.

      Blessings... Up/Awesome/Beautiful

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      MysteriousOne 6 years ago

      That was awesome, No_Clue ! The pics were great as was the hub,and all in a day of pulling weeds! Great job!!

      Thanks for sharing,


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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      So many of us spend our days wrapped up inside our heads too busy to come out and play. Nature is always there waiting for us to come out and play. You have not forgotten how to do this and that is what sets you apart. Thank you.

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      sofs, thank you! My son, who owns this house where I live, was not nearly as pleased about our little squatters as I, however...but then, he is not quite the critter lover that I am! O well, it made for a fun write, anyways, and the weeding got finished in the process!

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      sofs 6 years ago

      Oh! this is ever so sweet.. what a lovely surprise and what a lovely poem!!