Sunday, April 29, 2012

An Original Animal Mask Poem by Linda at TeacherDance

I LOVE writing animal mask poems. It’s fun to imagine what animals might say to us if we could understand THEIR language. I enjoy speaking—poetically—in the voice of all kinds of creatures, including snails, caterpillars, ladybugs, eels, earthworms, lions, grizzly bears, and blue whales. A few weeks ago, I issued an invitation to blog readers to write animal mask poems and to share them with us. One blogger/poet accepted my invitation: Linda of TeacherDance.

Here is Linda’s lovely poem:

I was kept warm, quite safe and fed
and then surprised to hear the call
to leave home because I wasn’t meant
to stay there very long at all.

I began to push, to dry and move
the side door open, then it gave a sigh
I wiggled and jiggled till I was out
And I became a butterfly.

Note to Linda: I have a special gift for you. It’s Marilyn Singer’s wonderful collection of animal mask poems titled Turtle in July. It’s beautifully illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. The collection is now out of print—unfortunately—so I don’t have a new book to give to you. I'll be sending you one of the paperback books that I used in my elementary classroom. (It’s in good condition.)

1 comment:

Linda B said...

Elaine, I'm just catching up with reading my blogs & here is my poem! I am honored to have you post it & to receive still another book from you. I just linked to your 'pencil' poems this am because I am planning a non-fiction lesson for teachers at my school & think your poems, the mask ones & the others, are such great examples to share.
I also loved hearing about your champagne mangoes & Julia's love for them. Since my newest granddaughter is about the same age, it's always fun to hear what Julia is doing.
Thank you again!