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Earth or Mirth

Earth or Mirth?

As Earth Day approaches, we seem to renew our interest in preserving and protecting natural resources and the environment.

Where do we find genuine beauty and treasures, but in the great outdoors itself? Can we step out of the traffic and turmoil of our hectic schedules and drop our daily burdens long enough to enjoy the secrets that await us outside?

Egrets or Regrets –
A Tale in Verse on Styles Diverse

An Earth Day Poem

A preening lady, grown-up girl,
Has blooming blouse and skirts a-swirl.
Her hat bears plumes,
As she presumes
To flash disdaining teeth of pearl.

Yet unaware, she false may be.
For here is one more fine than she.
A plain white bird,
Unseen, unheard,
Exceeds her to a vast degree.
So natural and neatly decked,
The egret, filled with self-respect,
Cares not for style
Nor for guile,
Yet such as he must we protect.

Ubiquitous, with finest flair,
The earth displays to those who care -
Her greatest good
By those who feign at savoir-faire.
c2009 by Linda Ann Nickerson

Photo c2009 by Nickers and Ink. 
All rights reserved.
Posted for a variety of prompts:
Easy Street Prompts (“her hat”)
Heads or Tails (“point”)
Inspire Me Thursday (“swirl”)
Pumping Your Muse (“birds”)
Simply Snickers (“pause,” “play” and “point”)
Three Word Wednesday (“burden,” “natural” and “ubiquitous”)
Totally Optional Prompts (“adjectives”)
Photo/s posted in response to these prompts:
Camera Critters (photo/s)
Lens Day (photo/s – traffic)
Scenic Sunday (photo/s)
Weekend Snapshot (photo/s)
Wordless Wednesday (any day – photo/s)


  1. A beautiful tribute to Mother Earth.

  2. Great poem Linda and lovely sentiments.

  3. I get a thrill whenever I see migrating egret in the urban jungle of Singapore. But it is getting rare nowadays.

  4. Great post, Linda, thanks for including a link to Pumping Your Muse Prompts.




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