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Secrets From The Swamp-A Poem

Updated on December 11, 2016

Magic of a Swamp

Swamp behind our house
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Marshes are nutrient-rich wetlands that support a variety of reeds and grasses, while swamps are defined by their ability to support woody plants and trees. Bogs are characterized by their poor soil and high peat content, while fens have less peat and more plant life than a bog.

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Poetry

Although you're a magical dwelling

with countless wonders to behold

Some only see with blinded eyes

never finding secret treasures you hold


Some consumed with a dark dampened world

discerning eyes see past this outer disguise

Your vast array of of world within world

remain forever absent from naïve eyes


Your majestic fortress of dead and alive

include bird, frog, insect, moss and tree

The list of blessings never cease to amaze

and you humbly offer it to us for free


The rhythmic sounds of croaking toads

the sad love song of the whippoorwill

The unique smells of your sanctuary

make me yearn to be part of you


The gentle breeze through my window

whispers softly, "believe in me"

Lightly caressing my cheek

like the comforting touch of a Mother's hand


Others may see you as just a swamp

but you are the heaven behind the house






Hatching Frogs in our Swamp

© 2011 Linda Rogers

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks much Clive. Happy New Year to you.

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    Clive Williams 3 years ago from Jamaica

    nice poem

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Oh, I bet the swamps can be scary there. We don't have anything scary like your alligators or crocks. We just have the frogs, insects, weeds, ducks, etc...Thanks for reading my poem, I really appreciate it:)

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    Nikki Wicked 7 years ago from Louisiana

    i live in louisiana so i know how beautiful a swamp can be. and how scary.

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks for hitting those buttons for my poem kitty. Glad you see the beauty and magic in the swamp.

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    gr82bme-What are peepers. Are they frogs or toads?? I love it in the spring when the croaking starts. It is so relaxing and peaceful to me.

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    Nicole Canfield 7 years ago from Summerland

    voted up and beautiful from me. love your usage of words in this poem...swamps can sometimes be wonderfully magical places.

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    gr82bme 7 years ago from USA

    Very nice. We have a pond and a creek outside our house. I love to hear the peepers. Then I know spring is coming

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Thank you so much BrendyMac:) Oh how your profile picture makes me smile.

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    BrendyMac 7 years ago

    I enjoyed this poem very much...I will certainly be back for more!!!

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks a lot AskAshlie. I'm touched you like my poem. Have a great weekend:)

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    AskAshlie3433 7 years ago from WEST VIRGINIA

    I love this. I can't help but read it again. Best wishes. Hope all is well.

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    I do so love where I live Cheyenne. We are surrounded by so many wonders of nature. The woods, the swamp and so much more. Thanks for stopping by:)

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    CheyenneAutumn 7 years ago

    Beautiful - I often wonder if we all don't posses the soul of a swamp. Love the imagery here! Thank you for sharing this.. it shows a love you have of the nature there.

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    VividImage-I love that, "one man's trash is another man's treasure." You said it perfectly. Thanks for your kind comments and I'm glad you were able to capture the essence of the swamp and enjoy it as I do. Great to see you here:) I am a big fan of yours.

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    VividImage 7 years ago from Chandler, Arizona

    The imagery you present is amazing. I read it several times, and each time heard something different. I could almost smell the dank scent as it wafts through your words. This reminds me of a saying I heard years ago..."One man's trash is another man's treasure". Thank you for sharing your treasure!

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Thank you so much Wayne. Wonders is a good description of the swamp because there are so many eco systems within it. Even Scary swamps with fog hanging overhead are still beautiful in their own way. Thanks for stopping by:)

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    Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

    The swamp certainly does hold many wonders...some of them can be a bit scary at times, still others are a thing of beauty to sit and behold. Thanks for doing a nice job of sharing the attributes of the swamp in verse. WB

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks for the compliment AskAshlie-Much appreciated:)

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    That's what I like to hear Stan. Thanks for reading my poem.

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    AskAshlie3433 7 years ago from WEST VIRGINIA

    I love the poem! They are always awesome!

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    Stan Fletcher 7 years ago from Nashville, TN

    This was great. As was said often in the comments above, I felt like I was right in the middle of it....

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Thank you so much lmChemist and you are very welcome. So nice to see a new hubber friend. Thanks:)

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    ImChemist 7 years ago

    You make me like swamp , thank you.

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Jane-I especially love the sound of the croaking frogs in spring. It relaxes me so much and makes my day:)

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks so much acaetnna. Glad you were with me on the journey through the swamp. Your kind words about my poem mean a lot:)

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks crazybeanrider-I love how you called it "a sanctuary." That word totally fits how I see the swamp. Thanks for stopping:)

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    How eloquently put UlrikeGrace. Thanks for your kind words. I just love swamps, their so magical to me.

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    Jane@CM 7 years ago

    This is a magical poem.

    I so miss my swamp in Minnesota - yes it breaded mosquitoes, but the other sounds that I listened to at night and in the morning were peaceful & relaxing.

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    acaetnna 7 years ago from Guildford

    This is wonderful and I could sense the feeling of being in its midst, I could hear the sounds, breathe in the smells and experience the feeling of being in the heart of nature. A wonderful poem, loved it.

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    Boo McCourt 7 years ago from Washington MI

    Lovely description of your swamp. On my walks I pass a swamp, and often wonder about it's wonders. Your poem describes the inner sanctuary of that hidden and not so scary place.

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    UlrikeGrace 7 years ago from Canada

    Seeing things through the eyes of the creator can always turn a "swamp" into a "heaven". If we but turn our eyes to see the beauty of a thing for what it is not for what we expect...we can be truly amazed! Good writing... Ulrike Grace

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks Martie for seeing the swamp as something beautiful. Glad It can inspire you to write some of your great poetry. Great to see you:)

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    Martie Coetser 7 years ago from South Africa

    I love that swamp behind your house. It will move me daily to poetry. We all need a heaven to believe in. I love this poem, Minnetonka Twin, and I am so glad you’ve shared it with us. Take care!

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Stars-I am so glad you came to read my poem about our swamp that I find fascinating. You are such a sweet and good man. Thanks for the nice compliments. God Bless you my friend:)

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Healing Touch- aka- sister-friend- ewwwww, love the images your poem incites. It makes me think we should run down to the swamp this cold wintery eve and see the goings on and/or shanannigans. Perhaps we will surprise the fairies that fly above, as they scatter their fairy dust on the creatures and plants below. Can I count on you for a midnight rendesvous?????

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Gus-You are too kind. Yae, you felt the magic of the swamp-lands. So glad you stayed dry during the visit but be careful of the tree monsters per vietmanvet. I love saying that.

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    stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

    Magnificent and beautiful poem. The beauty of the swamp. So gifted you are to see the magic within the waters of life. God Bless You Dear And Precious Heart.

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    Laura Arne 7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

    MT

    The mighty swamp plays magic at night

    Its charming games played by most of the creatures, Know this: their not a fright

    The fog seeps out of the vortex you know

    the magical fairies give the swamp its yellow glow

    Next time you walk by a swamp you'll see, the magic it is and it's majesty.

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    I got Colin blushing-Me likes that. lol

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    epigramman 7 years ago

    ...now you've got me blushing ..... lol lol lol

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Oh my my- My friend and mentor Epigramman. You found me out. You saw me gushing about you on Fossil Lady's hub. (she says blushing) What can I say-You are the bomb, a rock-star, a gentleman and my Muse.

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Vietnam-Ever thought of going into show business.

    You are so funny.

    Tree monsters can't scare me away from my swampy paradise. Never, Never....

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    LaurieDawn-I am humbled by your comments. So glad you enjoyed the swamp voyage. Take Care my friend:)

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi A.A. Zavala-I'm very glad you enjoyed and also glad to see you:)

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    Gustave Kilthau 7 years ago from USA

    MT - Nifty poem because I smelled the place, and I saw the place, and I I heard the place. Lucky for me, I didn't even get a single wet toe out of the visit. Thanks for giving me such a nice one.

    Gus :-)))

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    CMCastro-Glad to know I'm not alone in my tastes of quirky paradise get-a-ways. So, rocks and trees for you? HMMM-Totally kidding-I love both as well.

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi b.Malin-I had to laugh when I read your comment. You are right that these mysterious bodies of water can definitely make for a spooky setting in a horror movie. Thanks for coming by:)

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Alicia-I am so glad you enjoyed my little journey into the muck-Hee Hee. I really appreciate your coming by to read my poetry.

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Dear drbj-Oh how I love the word you chose to describe the swamp, "ENCHANTED." That is how I truly feel about swamps, especially the one behind my house. In the summer months I love going down to the edge of the swamp and watching and listening and smelling. It's amazing to me. Maybe it's because I grew up next to a HUGE swamp and we were always playing in and around it as kids.

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks so much Emily and hugs back to you. I really appreciate you coming by to read my poem.

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Kashmir-So glad you enjoyed my magical swamp poem. I love hearing that the poem made you feel like you were there as that means I did what I set out to do. Make you join me in my love of the swamp and all the wonders it holds.

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Thank you sooo much breakfastpop. What a nice comment to say you felt like you were there. Cool, that's what I want my poetry to do.

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Thank you Arthur. I do love swamps because they don't show off like other beauties of nature. Their simple and magical and so alive.

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    epigramman 7 years ago

    ...now this is poetry ........so atmospheric are your words I felt like I was literally breathing and living inside this swamp .....but to tell you the truth I would prefer to live inside your head - because you are like a hero to me in so many ways - and a mentor too - I have read your comment to me at Fossil Lady's hub - and to tell you the truth I was quite moved and honored especially coming from someone as special as you!

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    vietnamvet68 7 years ago from New York State

    never go into the bog, for no one knows what lurks in those waters. The scary tree monsters are everywhere.

    Great write. God Bless

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    LaurieDawn 7 years ago

    MT, you have brought the swamp to life. I can almost hear the sounds that are the lullaby of a beautiful but yet mysterious place.

    Wonderful!

    Blessings and hugs,

    Laurie

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    Augustine A Zavala 7 years ago from Texas

    Beautiful poem, thank you for sharing.

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    Christina M. Castro 7 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

    I have been known to dwell on things that others don't see beauty in like a rock or a tree; you have made the connection in the natural habitat that makes it your paradise, and it is good to know you have a secret place to go.

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    b. Malin 7 years ago

    I have never been a swamp person...I picture SOMETHING rising out of it...But I did enjoy reading your Poem...Thanks for sharing.

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    Linda Crampton 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I enjoyed reading your poem. It describes the secret magic of the swamp beautifully. You're lucky to have a place like this so close to your house.

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    drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

    A swamp to most people is not a beautiful place. You described a wetlands that is not only beautiful but enchanted. Thanks for the journey, Twin.

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    Emily40 7 years ago

    Awwwww this is well written minne, very nice!

    ((HUGS))

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    Thomas Silvia 7 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi Minnetonka Twin thanks for sharing this enchanted poem, your words from this poem has painted a picture of the swamp and made me feel i was sitting right in the middle of it all.

    Thumbs up !!!

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    breakfastpop 7 years ago

    I feel like I am right there in the swamp because your words are so incredibly expressive. Voted up and beautiful.

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    arthurchappell 7 years ago from Manchester, England

    Picturesque capture o fthe feel of the swamp even without the illustration added - lovely poem

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