Hans Ostrom

Gold Star - 4,719 Points (1954 / California)

Hello, Gray Salamander - Poem by Hans Ostrom

Among the events occurring
in the universe today, one featured
a convergence of the life patterns
belonging to a salamander and me.

Ambystoma gracile is the alleged
name of this plump salamander's kind,
habitat- Pacific Northwest. Size of
a small lizard, gray on top, orange

like a fiery sunset underneath.
The head-lamp eyes were firmly
closed, the circular toes
mythically delicate. A chill

had wedged A. gracile between
nap and coma on concrete.
I picked it up by the tail
and moved it near a pink azalea

so crows wouldn't spot it.
It arced its body in slumber
and opened its mouth to mime
complaint before I set it down.

Our meeting has made me
committed to becoming
an affiliate member of the Pacific
Northwest Salamander Society.


hans ostrom 2018

Topic(s) of this poem: nature

Form: Stanza


Comments about Hello, Gray Salamander by Hans Ostrom

  • Bri Edwards (3/23/2018 9:45:00 PM)

    (continued) ... i like the poem a lot. to MyPoemList. i have a poem somewhere on PH about my personal encounter with a salamander, but i didn't join a Society. [[perhaps 'my salamander' joined the N.W. Human Society? ]] i believe i'm of the Society of All Animals already. ha.
    some favorite lines;
    had wedged A. gracile between
    nap and coma on concrete...................AND:
    and opened its mouth to mime
    complaint before I set it down. .................................... BRI :)
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  • Bri Edwards (3/23/2018 9:39:00 PM)

    may i remind/tell my friend Lyn Paul (comment preceding) that salamanders, are AMPHIBIANS, though they resemble lizards, which are REPTILES. ;)

    https: //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salamander
    Salamanders are a group of amphibians typically characterized by a lizard-like appearance, with slender bodies, blunt snouts, short limbs projecting at right angles to the body, and the presence of a tail in both larvae and adults.
    (to be continued) .....
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  • Lyn Paul (3/23/2018 6:16:00 PM)

    Thank you for reminding me of this reptile. Wonderful to read and good luck with your new adventure. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/23/2018 3:24:00 PM)

    Events occurring! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (3/23/2018 5:43:00 AM)

    Beautiful depiction has been made on Salamander and related to it. Thanks and congratulations for POD. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/23/2018 3:04:00 AM)

    a poem of doing a good deed and how it can affect what we do in future? (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (3/23/2018 12:53:00 AM)

    Hans, such a great poem of the day...congrats for being chosen.... huge 10++++ (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 17, 2018

Poem Edited: Friday, March 23, 2018


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