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Updated on July 31, 2016


Turning the early spring soil

No toad greets me

Peeking into a hosta

No busy bee I spy


The purple Buddleia reveals

No dancing butterfly wings

A plane circles the sky

Rachel you were right


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      Suzanne Sheffield 3 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Oh thank you! It is very sad indeed. I believe all the spraying for West Nile virus is responsible for the die out. Rarely see a toad. When I do I cherish it, and give it a nice shady spot under a hosta.

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      Very lovely poem, but sad. Our toads, water frogs and bees disappeared for a few years, but they seem to be returning. We have a tiny garden pond for the frogs and toads, and it was very pleasant to see a couple of frogs and toads sharing a rock in the water. We try to keep a large pineapple sage plant to attract the bees and butterflies, and the hummingbirds, too. I just hope we didn't lose the plant during our hard winter.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Suzanne, loved this! we are still going through winter over here! lol! the bees are hiding, the wasps have got the sulk and the flowers are just dripping with water, and looking very sorry for themselves!

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Thank you Laura, I value your comment very much.

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      LauraGT 5 years ago from MA

      Thanks for sharing. I wish more people saw the world with your eye!

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Well, my goodness, that is so kind of you. Thank you so much!

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      I don't know a whole bunch... but I know...

      you are really beautiful as evidenced by...

      **these words

      **your avatar

      **your amazing profile

      I am looking forward to getting to know you much better.

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      That is wonderful. I'll be lucky if I see one honey bee and I have all the flowers, shrubs and trees that are supposed to attract them.

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      Attikos 5 years ago from East Cackalacky

      She wasn't right about it here in East Cackalacky. There are plenty of all three. The populations vary with the season and the year, but they show not the slightest sign of abating.