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Happy Groundhog Day! My two groundhogs of choice (Punxsutawney Phil and General Beauregard Lee) have predicted an early spring. After what has already been a rather brutal winter, let's hope they're correct.

Some people believe in the predictions of groundhog day; some people believe it's good fun; and others don't know what to think of the fringe holiday. Regardless of what you believe as far as Groundhog Day is concerned, people are built on their belief systems, which is important this week because...

This week's prompt is to write a belief poem. Your poem could deal with your own beliefs or the beliefs of others. One quick request from me: Please respect the belief's of others--even if you have a different worldview. Debating who has the best religion, political candidate, pick for the Super Bowl, etc., can be accomplished in so many other places online. Let's reserve this space for the poeming. It's my belief that everyone who visits Poetic Asides can be respectful and unique at the same time.

Here's my attempt:

"Belief"

The earth changes shapes every morning
as if there's no stopping the fire inside
that steams out of the surface and builds
islands beneath the surface of the sea.

Like the earth, I shake and tremble and
make perfect sense on some days, no
sense on others. Like the earth, I don't
always know why I burn, why I change

or what will explode out of me next.

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