It's hard to believe National Poetry Month is halfway over. All month, I've been featuring poets from my home state, Maryland.
(Many of them have work in the new anthology, Life in Me Like Grass on Fire: Love Poems, published by the Maryland Writers Association.)
Can I brag a little bit? Children's author and Poetry Friday blogger Heidi Mordhorst plays for Maryland's poetry home-team.
Another local powerhouse: Mike Clark -- publisher of the Maryland art and literary journal Little Patuxent Review -- who is also a fine poet.
It must be the snuffly smells of spring that inspired Heidi and Mike today. Both sent in pet poems.
In Heidi's poem, there's a little bit of wishful thinking.
Griffin's Stomach Rumbles
by Heidi Mordhorst
by Heidi Mordhorst
my furred tail flicks
my muscled hindquarters
set themselves tightly back
ready to spring
my wide wings beat
my keen eye climbs
the sky, scans the ground
ready to strike
On how to hunt
only my talons and claws agree
Heidi Mordhorst, 2010
all rights reservedPosted with permission of the author
Mike Clark's adorable and chubby little pug is the subject of his poem.
Posted with permission of the author.
by Mike Clark
My sad faced pug
with a tongue
that laps his face,
and an under-bite
at good looks
gets a rainbow
of colors on his
sandy colored coat
to show that Nature
loves the least looking
Student poems from my "Animals are like Feelings" simile workshop is posted here.
You can try that with students, or...
Elementary School Poetry Prompt:
Read today's model poems again. In order to write them, the poets had to put aside how they feel about their fur-friends and just observe.
Heidi noticed that her cat dreams of being a bird of prey. Mike noticed that his so-ugly-he's-cute Pug isn't just a mess, he's a living rainbow.
In both poems, the pet becomes something much grander. What grand thing -- a bird of prey, a rainbow -- does your pet remind you of or wish it could be?
An extension -- read PF Blogger Laura Purdie Salas' Stampede: Poems to Celebrate the Wild Side of School with your students. It's a wonderful collection of animal simile poems.
Today's Poetry Friday host is Diane at Random Noodling. She's got the neon "Welcome" sign out just for you!