Denis Martindale


Always Awake - Poem by Denis Martindale

Three meerkats perched on yonder rock,
Their transfixed eyes steadfast,
Their predators, of course, to block,
No chance that they'd get past...
Alert, on guard, thoughts kept in check,
Three meerkats stood their ground,
Perchance to see a distant speck
Or hear a far-off sound...

No uniform could represent
The valour in plain sight,
For family and sentiment,
Right there in broad daylight...
Defiant to the uttermost,
Resilient through and through,
As if some great eternal boast,
'We'll stay on guard for you! '

Three meerkats, simple souls, no more,
Yet bold as brass each day,
That's something we'd best not ignore -
Courageous, come what may!
Stand tall, like meerkats throughout time,
Like heroes, know your place!
That way, you'll always be sublime...
No matter what you face!

Denis Martindale, copyright, May 2012.

The poem is based on the magnificent painting
by Stephen Gayford called 'Always Awake'.

Topic(s) of this poem: animals


Poet's Notes about The Poem

The poem is based on the wonderful wildlife artist Stephen Gayford's paintings and you can use the poemhunter keyword search for the popular Stephen Gayford animal poems: lion, tiger, bear, meerkat, eagle, falcon, leopard, cheetah, panther, panda, parrot, macaw, owl, wolf, dolphin, seal, penguin.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 21, 2012

Poem Edited: Saturday, November 29, 2014


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