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Jennifer Gurney


Held you in my hand
As a Brownie troop watched
You hatch to the world

Peeping from inside
As you pecked your way outside
Bit by tiny bit

We watched in awe
As your shell bits fell away
New life emerging

© by Jennifer Gurney.
Used here with the author’s permission.


Jennifer Gurney lives in Colorado, where she teaches, paints, writes, and hikes. She has published more than 100 poems, as well as commentary about poetry, in a variety of journals.



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Lori Levy:
When I read this poem, I felt like I was watching in awe with the Brownie troop.
Posted 05/29/2024 01:41 PM
Makes me think of other emergences. How much longer will it take to peck off that shell?
Posted 05/29/2024 11:46 AM
Tom Sharpe:
Nothing is quite as wonderful as watching a calf or colt slip into the outside world, untangle folded legs, rise and fall over and over until some form of stability and strength are found, then the search for the life supporting first meal. Amazing.
Posted 05/29/2024 10:19 AM

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