Poetry Friday: Nature’s Small Surprises

I love finding small surprises in the garden when I’m out tending plants, pulling weeds, feeding birds. One day this week I started noticing some fallen leaves nibbled into beautiful lace-like patterns. It was a sign that fall is on its way (even though the temps have been sky high), but it also felt like a little thank you note from nature. What else does nature leave as a calling card or a thank you note?

Thank You Notes

a pattern of lace in a nibbled leaf
the richness of a bluebird’s wing
morning dew igniting a silky web
the miracle of a hummingbird
caterpillar feet tickling milkweed
honeysuckle’s sweet scent
a new bud on the rosebush, tiny and tight
a sunflower reaching the roof
nature’s small surprises
Draft, 2022Rose Cappelli

Molly has the roundup today over at Nix the Comfort Zone where she shares some great baseball poems. Be sure to stop by.

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15 Responses to Poetry Friday: Nature’s Small Surprises

  1. lynnedorfman says:

    Lovely images, Rosie. So many colors and textures to imagine in your garden. Loved “caterpillar feet tickling milkweed” and your first line. Thanks for sharing how this poem came to be. I never that knew the fallen nibbled leaves are a sign that fall is on the way. Great summary ending.

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  2. I love these nature’s thank you notes! Animal prints get me every time…and maybe not beautiful to some, but mushrooms and fungi of any kind, doing their work, breaking things down so that they can become more beauty.

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  3. What a gorgeous list poem! The scent of balsam or pine and stones polished by rivers and seas are some of my favorite thank you notes.

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  4. I can see you enjoying your flowers and your garden and being inspired by the “pattern of lace in a nibbled leaf”. 🙂

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  5. kareneastlund4898 says:

    Wonderful list poem, Rose! The bluebird’s wing especially resonates with me, and the caterpillar on the milkweed. We planted three types of milkweed this year, and all three are in full bloom! Thanks for sharing your treasures.

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  6. Tabatha says:

    Terrific list! This morning a crow pulled out a feather and put it on the ground before it took the food I had thrown. A surprising thank you!

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  7. maryleehahn says:

    What a delightful list! You and Allan have both inspired me to get outdoors (despite the heat) and spend some time with close observations! I’m still waiting for butterflies and caterpillars…there’s plenty of milkweed, fennel and dill. What’s keeping them away? Or maybe I’m just not there to witness them…

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  8. margaretsmn says:

    I love how you compared these natural beauties to thank you notes from nature. Such rich imagery.

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  9. mbhmaine says:

    I love how your list poem turns all of your noticings into thank you notes from nature. Such a lovely idea! You now have me pondering what might thank you notes I might have overlooked. Thank YOU for that!

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  10. Bridget Magee says:

    Your poem is the thank you note I needed to read today, Rose. 🙂

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  11. Karen Edmisten says:

    Beautiful! It’s like a little journal entry bursting with gratitude. Thank you for these sunlit words.

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  12. “a sunflower reaching the roof
    nature’s small surprises”
    What a gorgeous sunflower plant!
    Thanks for all these garden treasures Rose!

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