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Allyson Whipple

I can be one
with any doorframe,
any porch. I thrive
on the thrill
of the dive, the run
to avoid the dense
tents of legs and skirts,
the whirling children,
heavy shoes.
No peace, it seems ?
fortunately, I can blend
my skin to match gravel,
grass, trees, stone.
And with my heart so
close to the earth, I feel
the vibrations of your feet
before you notice me.
This landscape is a house
with rooms under every leaf,
every blade of grass,
in every crevice.
When you invade my estate
I rejoice in its expanse.
© by Allyson Whipple.
Used with the authorís permission.


Allyson Whipple lives in Austin, Texas, and constantly draws on her state’s landscape as a source of inspiration. She also loves writing about travel, both literally and figuratively. In addition to writing, Allyson is an avid west coast swing dancer, and enjoys competing in various cities. Read more about her at


Post New Comment:
Beautiful poem--I like the juxstaposition of the natural and physical worlds
Posted 07/03/2012 08:44 AM
Larry Schug:
Ah, it seems all Earth's creatures are master practitioners of Zen, much more so than the human animal, (the poet excepted, of course). the last two lines are a good lesson for all of us. Nice poem, Allyson.
Posted 07/03/2012 07:56 AM
" . . . with my heart so close to the earth, I feel the vibrations of your feet before you notice me." What a marvelous poem, simply and perfectly titled.
Posted 07/03/2012 07:40 AM
A great view of the world through the eyes of another...
Posted 07/03/2012 05:57 AM

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