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The World's Greatest Symphony (Simile), a Poem

John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded the "Best Poet 2014 and 2021" Hubby Awards.

Beautiful birds glide with ease across the azure sky

Beautiful birds glide with ease across the azure sky

The World's Greatest Symphony

Beautiful birds glide with ease

across the azure sky,

like a school of swimming fish

in a sea of air on high.


While butterflies flutter their delicate wings,

like flickering candle flames

dancing to a gentle breeze

through an open window pane.


A bullfrog choir sings joyfully

to greet the coming day,

more like the forty baritones

than the four tenors, but hey!

psychedelic kaleidoscope of clashing colors

psychedelic kaleidoscope of clashing colors

Pretty blooms within my garden

open and close

like some psychedelic kaleidoscope

of clashing colors

That somehow compliment each other.


I gaze in wonder at life that surrounds me,

how an intelligent creator got everything

just so perfect,

like a celebrated conductor

directing the world's greatest symphony.


The Platypus

A platypus

Lives in our dam.

What I say is true,

Yes Mam!


With its duck like bill

And beaver's tail,

Kangaroo's pouch,

And spurs sharp as nails.


It has webbed feet

And waterproof fur.

With "pus" in it's name

It may even purr.


That may be it,

Unless there is more.

A platypus is

A live metaphor.

a platypus lives in our dam

a platypus lives in our dam

Poet's Note

This poem just sprang from a moment of silliness and experimentation. I was tossing around some words and phrases, playing with metaphors, similes etc. and using nature as a theme, and this is the result.

I added the poem "The Platypus" as an afterthought. I have always thought of this creature as a bit of a living metaphor so I wrote this and included it (It also helped add to the word count.)

It won't add greatly to the world of poetry but I had a bit of fun writing it so thought I'd publish it here and hope someone enjoys "The World's Greatest Symphony (Simile.)"

© 2018 John Hansen

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