Treasure Island

Nancy Chambers

Groundhog Day

February 2nd, a rodent’s inane holiday
To predict whether Spring is near or far away
Rooted in Candlemas tradition
The groundhog was a later addition
“For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day
* “So far will the snow swirl until May”
People flock to Gobbler’s Knob
To see the marmot do his job
A woodchuck named Punxsutawny Phil
Sees his shadow and we get a bitter pill
Six weeks of winter, still
But if he sees skies cloudy and gray
Spring is only 42 days away.

* quoted from a German couplet; author unknown

Submitted: Saturday, January 31, 2009

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  • Loyd C. Taylor, Sr. (2/2/2009 9:06:00 AM)

    Good morning poet and thanks for directing me here. A nice tribute indeed. I wrote another one titled Possum Bill, you might enjoy. Loyd (Report) Reply

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