What the Ladybug Whispered

Updated on May 6, 2020
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Lora has been a featured writer in poetry publications. She is currently working on a collection of poems that feature ladybugs.

My Anthology of Ladybug Poems

I hope that you enjoy my series of ladybug poems. These are poems for children and adults that pay tribute to the humble little ladybug as she teaches us to celebrate our lives, express our individuality, to reflect upon the beauty of nature, and about the boundless potential of the human spirit.

We Must Be Free to Be Who We Are

In the following poem, the child learns from the ladybug the importance of being free to follow our own path and our own dreams.

What the Ladybug Whispered

When I was very young,
I ran after a ladybug to catch it.
"I cannot stay...
I bring you joy for this moment today.
Remember, you may never hold on to me.
I must be set free,"
she whispered.

"As your lovely spirit
is free as the wind
to be whoever you want to be,
there is...but no limit.

Indeed a miracle you are...
with shiny eyes and laughter.
A joyous melody
can be heard
throughout the land,
as nature echoes
with ready refrain
to celebrate a sweet soul.

And with dreams undimmed,
which enable you to fly-
like me.
Oh do not pinion my wings
my little dear,
and I entreat those who come near
your sweet soul
to always let you be free...
not mishaped
by their constraint...
to be who you were intended to be."

-Lora Hollings

The Ladybug Lights The Way

The ladybug lights the way;

she brings magic to my day.

Let your heart sing!

Celebrate the miracle of being,

I can hear her say.

There's never been anyone like you;

with your special gifts,

the lives of others you can enrich...

if only you so wish.

Feel the sun's rays

as it touches you;

celebrate your life today–

of seeing,

of caring,

of feeling.

In the bird's song,

a renewed hope fills the air

as the joy of life can be heard

in nature's own words...

discover the beauty everywhere.

-Lora Hollings

Oh, Lovely Ladybug

Oh lovely ladybug,

take me to a place so fair

where I do not have a care...

In a meadow where

a rainbow bridges earth and sky,

and hills that reach high-

where there are bluebells and

cowslips everywhere.

In a dress like yours

that is red with black spots,

let me dance on flower tops;

And sip tea

in a lovely lea

with the ladybug queen

who has never been seen.

Let me be light

as a feather

and give me wings

so I can take flight-

to a land of ladybugs

filled with much delight.

-Lora Hollings

© 2020 Lora Hollings


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    • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

      Lora Hollings 

      2 months ago

      Prateek, thanks for stopping by and I appreciate your kind words. I think, inadvertently, parents can make the mistake of being too controlling of their children's lives. You need to give your children guidance but remember that their interests may be different than yours. So give them the freedom to follow their own hearts and give them the support they need to fulfill their dreams. Best Wishes!

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      Prateek Jain 

      2 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      Just amazing poem lora mam. Also, i like the quotation written on the pic about the destiny of child and setting them free. I really like your thoughts. You have a very pure soul.

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      Lora Hollings 

      3 months ago

      Denise, thanks for dropping by and commenting on my article. Ladybugs are great pest control bugs without the toxic effects of chemicals. Happy that you enjoyed my poetry! Stay safe and well, my friend.

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      Denise McGill 

      3 months ago from Fresno CA

      I love ladybugs. Especially because they are good pest control bugs. Such sweet poetry. I loved it.



    • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

      Lora Hollings 

      3 months ago

      Brenda, thanks for reading and I'm honored that you want to share my poems. I hope that children will especially enjoy these poems and benefit from their messages. Stay safe and well, my friend.

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      Lora Hollings 

      3 months ago

      Ms. Dora, it's always nice to hear from you! I hope that the messages from the ladybugs in the form of poetry can have a positive impact on our lives and on those who play such an important role in our lives. We need to give our children guidance and support but not hinder them or live their lives for them. We need to respect them for the individuals they are. Thanks for your lovely comment.

      Stay safe my friend.

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      3 months ago from Washington Court House


      I shared these poems.

      Here is the link.


      I think this is an interesting way to teach young children poetry.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      You're teaching valuable lessons and at the same time, teaching a love for poetry. Commendable!

    • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

      Lora Hollings 

      3 months ago

      Jason, thanks so much for reading my poems and for your generous comment. It certainly brought some sunshine into my day! I'm thrilled that you want to share these with the children that you work with and I hope that they will get much enjoyment and positive messages from them too. I'm very honored by your enthusiastic response! Stay safe and take care, my friend.

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      Jason Nicolosi 

      3 months ago from AZ

      I loved your ladybug poems. A great start to what I'm sure is going to be an amazing series. The kid'os I help are not able to go out because they are at high risk. Most of them are medically fragile. On the bright side once in awhile, I get video chat with some of them. I'm going to read your ladybug poems to the kids next chance I have. I'm sure they will love them as much as I did. Stay safe Lora. Well wishes!

      Also cool drawings!

    • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

      Lora Hollings 

      3 months ago

      Flourish, thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the ladybug poems. Take care my friend and have a good weekend!

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      Lora Hollings 

      3 months ago

      Alyssa, thanks for reading and I'm so glad you are enjoying this series as there will be more. You can tell that I love ladybugs and to see a ladybug means that you will have good luck. Thank you for your gracious comment and stay safe and well my friend!

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      Lora Hollings 

      3 months ago

      Yes, Liz, I have come across that term for ladybugs in the UK. It's interesting to note that difference in our vocabularies. Thanks for your comment. And stay safe and well. Have a good weekend!

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      Lora Hollings 

      3 months ago

      Ruby, since I love ladybugs so much, I have a ladybug pin, earrings, and pendant. I'm so sorry that you lost your toe ring. Thanks for your kind words. And have a great weekend but try another computer game other than the one with the spider! lol Stay safe my friend.

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      Lora Hollings 

      3 months ago

      Bill, thanks for reading and commenting. Your first novel involved a ladybug character? That's interesting. I would love to read it. I hope you and yours stay well! Blessings to you too.

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      Lora Hollings 

      3 months ago

      Yes, Pamela, I always loved ladybugs ever since I was a child! I think it was because I always wanted to be able to fly and I loved their bright bold colors. Thanks for your great comment and please stay safe and well. Have a lovely weekend!

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      Lora Hollings 

      3 months ago

      Chitrangada, thanks for your wonderful comment. Your comment highlights the message of these poems to celebrate our lives, our uniqueness, and to encourage us all to pursue our dreams. Stay safe and take care, my friend!

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      3 months ago from USA

      I especially liked your last poem. Such a sweet collection as ladybugs symbolize wishes.

    • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

      Lora Hollings 

      3 months ago

      Rosina, thanks much for reading and for commenting on my article. Happy that you enjoyed the poetry, illustrations, and quotes. I hope that you and your family stay safe during this time that has been so challenging to everyone throughout the world. Best wishes to you and your loved ones!

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      3 months ago from Ohio

      I love this little ladybug series you've started! Your poems are beautiful and full of important, inspirational messages. I also love the drawings that you've included. :)

    • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

      Lora Hollings 

      3 months ago

      Lorna, thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my article. I'm also deeply complimented that you enjoyed my poetry so much! I hope the messages of the poems can uplift people's spirits, especially now, during such a time of uncertainty. We can all employ the ladybug's optimism and faith in each other and in a brighter tomorrow! Stay safe and take care, as well, my friend.

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 months ago from UK

      We know them as ladybirds in the UK. They are a great vehicle for poetry. I like the images and feelings that your poems conjure up.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Your poetry is beautiful. I love ladybugs, they are adorable. I had a ladybug toe ring and lost it somewhere.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      3 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Lora, These are lovely poems. I am glad you wrote about ldy bugs as I have always thought they were so cute. The pictures were also adorable. I think this is a very good article.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautifully expressed poems. You have so nicely captured the imagination of the children, that they would not only enjoy the poem, but also learn from the ladybug.

      Cute pictures and so creative. Loved going through your work.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      The very first novel I wrote had a ladybug as a prominent member of the cast of characters. lol Shows you how much I love those precious little creatures. Thank you for sharing. I loved it!

      Blessings always!

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      Rosina S Khan 

      3 months ago

      Interesting collection of Ladybug poems- yes, good for both children and adults alike. Beautiful quotes and drawings too. Thank you for your wonderful contribution.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      3 months ago

      Such an endearing and beautiful collection about these wonderful little bugs Lora. I particularly enjoyed "Oh, Lovely Lady Ladybug and the last verse is where I would love to be right now. You have captured the essence of the humble ladybug in each of these delightful verses and created a magical land for children and adults alike. Wonderful creative writing enhanced by lovely drawings and beautiful quotes. You are a talented poet. Stay safe and well my friend.


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