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  Walking Stick
by Patrick A Granfors
Monday, June 14, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.

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My deck seems to be a waystation for the creatures of the woods.

Photo:Walking stick climbing my deck rail

At first I thought

It’s a visual trick

But no! It’s a big old

Mizzou walking stick


This bad boy is at least

Six inches long

It can easily touch bottom

In Jersey Ed’s Bong


Phasmida Phasmatodea

Its taxonomic label

Better out on my deck

Than at my dining room table


Somewhere in Borneo

They grow up to eleven inches

That’s probably big enough

To eat the local finches


But really all they munch

Are blossoms and leaves

Letting the other creatures

Do as they please



Copyright 2010 Patrick A Granfors



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Reviewed by Christine Tsen 6/15/2010
Wonderful amusing poem!
For the record, I don't even know what a bong looks like, but I'll say you are teaching me quite an extraordinary lot about nature.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/15/2010
You are a lucky man if your deck is 'a waystation for the critters of the wood.' I like them there Walking Sticks, they are truly fascinating to watch.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 6/15/2010
It will be a "long" smoke for my li'l brother Jersey Ed, but don't tell Ma...she may ask for a drag!

EDvard Ole Brother

Reviewed by Paul Berube 6/15/2010
Great write about a "stick," Patrick. ;-)
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 6/14/2010
What an oddity! Changing the bong water to get a clearer vision. Cheech and Chong would say "Oh man Granfors, far out Great Dane!"

Reviewed by TONY NERONE 6/14/2010
That is one long lizard. My cats would have a feast with one of those guys.

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 6/14/2010
Never seen one before, what an interesting creature that you do justice to...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 6/14/2010
Hope he tastes good enough to smoke, cause if he gets in my bong, you know i WILL smoke him no matter how he is long...Ed
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 6/14/2010
A great disguise until you suddenly spot them. Thank for putting him to paper [cyber-paper].

Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader) 6/14/2010
That's pretty creepy looking actually. Thanks for the zoology lesson.
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 6/14/2010
You've become a naturalist with a schtick. Blessings! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 6/14/2010
Drink enough beer and moonshine, Patrick and, hell, you me even start seeing beetles as big as your thumb.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 6/14/2010
BLIMEY!!! Is he for real?! If so, he'd better just keep on walkin if he comes round my backyard... it's either him or me that's gotta take a hike and whether six or eleven inches, he looks an awful lot more from where I'm sittin! I'm sure Jersey Ed's Bong will suit him very nicely... hopefully, he'll hitch up with his friend there, Bill... Nice relaxed versifying, Patrick. You must be a born naturalist. xx
Reviewed by Eileen Granfors 6/14/2010
YIKES! I think I'll stay indoors. Good rhymes and unusual subject!
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 6/14/2010
Patrick, this was not only an informative poem, but a light filled nature trip...thanks for sharing the photo is awesome!!!

Much peace, love and light,
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