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Ark, 2018
Larry Schug


The polar bear
Rests on a snowflake.
The penguin
Sleeps on an ice cube.
The great blue whale
Swims in a raindrop.
The coyote
Paces on a blade of grass.
The eagle
Flies in a thimbleful of sky.
The silverback gorilla
Climbs a leafless toothpick.
The honeybee
Seeks nectar from plastic flowers.
The monarch butterfly            
Flitters within a gasp of breath.
The humans,
The humans, the humans, the humans
Thumb their phones,
Not noticing they exist on a speck of dust.

© by Larry Schug.
Used with the author's permission.


Larry Schug is retired after a working life of many different kinds of physical labor. He volunteers as a writing tutor at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University. He's also learning to play the guitar and is branching into creating music to go along with his words. Larry has published eight books of poems and has mostly decided on what to include in a ninth collection, tentatively titled Ripples and Reflections. He lives with his wife and cat near a large tamarack bog in St. Wendel Township, Minnesota.


Post New Comment:
spot on and very cleverly done. Less is more is sure true in your poem, Larry. I enjoyed it very much.
Posted 10/16/2018 08:45 PM
Arlene Gay Levine:
This powerful poem brings to mind Whitman's I THINK I COULD TURN AND LIVE WITH ANIMALS...well done!
Posted 10/16/2018 01:17 PM
Glen Sorestad:
Wow, Larry. This one really hits home. It is brilliantly executed!
Posted 10/16/2018 12:59 PM
michael escoubas:
Yes! Quite sobering, Larry. Like your images and contrasts. I'm taking notes!
Posted 10/16/2018 10:26 AM
Fantastic pictures. Well done!
Posted 10/16/2018 10:00 AM
Insightful and such strong images. I truly enjoyed it.
Posted 10/16/2018 09:48 AM
Jean Colonomos-1:
strong images that reach the deep.
Posted 10/16/2018 08:39 AM
The repetition of "humans" and the "thumbing of their phones" are powerful tools. Great work!
Posted 10/16/2018 08:31 AM
Just love your poems Larry! I see your name and know I'm in for a treat!
Posted 10/16/2018 08:10 AM
You nailed it Larry. Very crisp and though provoking!
Posted 10/16/2018 07:44 AM
An original (and very poetic) way of looking at this subject. Nice!
Posted 10/16/2018 07:42 AM
Perfect comment on our humanity!
Posted 10/16/2018 07:14 AM
Jane Eva Cooper:
Brilliantly sobering!
Posted 10/16/2018 05:59 AM

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