Monday, April 16, 2007

A Poem a Day #16

Today I have another mask poem. This one is for Nancy at Journey Woman. Nancy has a great blog. I really wanted to participate in her Silly Words Contest—but I was too busy getting ready to launch Wild Rose Reader. Her Best Passages Contest last fall was a lot of fun. I even won a gift certificate to Starbucks! Thanks for your support, Nancy. I’ll be waiting to see what kind of blog contest you dream up next!

by Elaine Magliaro

I’m black and white.
My tail’s all fluff.
I never growl.
I don’t act tough.
I wander into yards at night.
I’m really harmless…
I don’t bite
Or snarl
Or scratch
Or kick
Or pounce.
I just dispense scents by the ounce.
That’s how I frighten foes away—
I lift my bushy tail and SPRAY!

I do not need long fangs or claws,
Bulging muscles,
Mighty jaws.
My malodorous defense,
I think,
Makes a lot of SCENTS!

So if you see me take my pose
To ward off predatory foes…
Just stand back and hold your nose!


Nancy said...

Thanks Elaine! Stinky, but nice.


Elaine Magliaro said...


I didn't mean to offend your olfactory lobe. My family and I happen to like skunks. We had a family of them living under our toolshed--so my husband and one of my grandnephews made a skunk sign and nailed it to the shed above the place where the skunks enter and exit their living quarters. Neither of my cats has ever been scented with skunk spray.

Nancy said...

Actually, I think skunks are really cute. I don't think I'd want them under my toolshed though!

Thanks again!