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Doug, the Bug
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By Louis Gander
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Doug, the Bug

"If I could elevate myself

and look down from the sky,

then I could see the facts of life

and learn of truth and lie."


Now that's what Doug, the Bug had thought.

He therefore went afoot -

t'ward great gigantic tree atop

its long and bulging root.


Then finally he started up.

That trunk had massive girth,

It seemed to be as solid as

the ground upon the earth.


He climbed the largest limb he found

and then the highest branch.

It all seemed very sturdy there.

It overlooked a ranch.


Back up, Doug glanced - and then he saw

the highest leaf of all!

And so he climbed some tiny twigs

which seemed quite weak and small.


"I'm almost there," he told himself,

"I'll rest on highest leaf."

At last that bug stood right on top

his firmly held belief.


Now Doug gripped tight, that little leaf

that he, himself, had earned.

And though he thought he knew it all,

one lesson hadn't learned.


You know, the truth is not always

the things that we can see.

Invisible, those autumn winds

had yanked that leaf from tree.


So Doug, the Bug was on his own.

He feared for his own soul -

and he was at the mercy of

that wicked wind's control.


He soared there on that wayward leaf

to places yet unknown -

then settled on a foreign ground

where he was all alone.


All winter he, in circles walked

and aimlessly did roam.

He shed such long repentant tears

but couldn't find his home.


He ran and cried and cried and ran -

then fell flat on his face.

Then God reached down and picked him up...

and that's what we call grace.


©2015 louis gander

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Submitted: Sunday, November 8, 2015

Last Updated: Sunday, November 8, 2015

About the Poet
Born in Richland Center, Wisconsin in 1954. It's the poem's message that matters- not the poet.

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