Friday, March 16, 2012

Things to Do If You Are a Giraffe: A First Draft

I continue to work on revisions for my Things to Do poetry manuscript. I'm hoping I'll be done in a few weeks.

I had forgotten that some time ago I got the idea of writing an entire collection of "things to do" poems about animals. I had already written several and thought it might be a good execrise for me. I even read through some of the other animal poems--including mask poems--that I had written over the years and tried rewriting them as "things to do" poems. Here is the first draft of one of them:

Things to Do If You Are a Giraffe

Have long lanky legs,

Spotted hair, knobby knees.

Nibble the leaves

From the tip-tops of trees.

Be quiet and shy.

Stretch your neck up so high

You can wink at the birds

As they go flying by.



Gregory Pincus has the Poetry Friday Roundup at GottaBook.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day
from Julia!


jama said...

Oh! Look at Julia! Adorable, as usual. :)

Love your giraffe poem, especially the ending. ;)

Happy St. Paddy's, Elaine.

Liz Steinglass said...

I really like this form. Your post last week inspired me to try one about the crocus. I'm looking forward to your book. I think kids and teachers will love it.
Thanks for sharing!

Linda at teacherdance said...

I think when I have time I'd like to try this idea, Elaine, just for the challenge. You make it look so easy. I too like that ending. And-Julia is so adorable. Thanks for sharing her pics with us.

Mary Lee said...

My students had some fun with list poems this week...and so did I!!!

Ken Higginson said...

I found your blog today via a link from Kenn Nesbitt's site. Your giraffe poem is great! I happened to write and illustrate a giraffe poem almost on the same day which is quite a coincidence. Its called The Tell-A-Giraffe. Please Take a look if you have a spare moment. I would love to know what you think of my work. (my personal blogg).