Saturday, April 27, 2013

TALL TALK: Two Giraffe Poems

I really enjoy writing poems about animals—especially animal mask poems. One thing I always think about is the most prominent characteristic(s) of certain animals before I decide what to say in my poems. So…when I wrote the following two poems about the giraffe, I thought about its height/long neck and proceeded from there.


Giraffe is very tall—
but has a voice so small
you never hear him
bark or roar,
sneeze or snore,
screech or howl,
grunt or growl,
or ever say a word at all.

Perhaps because his head’s so high,
his sounds get lost up in the sky.

TALL TALK (A Mask Poem)

I am taller than tall.
I’m the tallest of all
The mammals that live on the land.

I can nibble the leaves                                                                        
From the tip-tops of trees
I think being tallest is grand.

My head is so high
That it touches the sky.
I can wink at the birds as they go flying by.

I can nuzzle the clouds,
Feel the first drops of rain,
Enjoy the fine view from this lofty domain.

With my head at this height
The whole world is in sight!
I think being tallest is grand.


As in past years, I’ll be giving away a children’s poetry book at Wild Rose Reader every week during the month of April. If you leave a comment at one of my poetry posts during the last week and final days of National Poetry Month (April 21-30), I’ll enter your name into the drawing for a poetry book. If you leave comments at two posts, I'll enter your name twice...and so on. I’ll announce the winner of my last book giveaway on Wednesday, May 1st.

My book giveaway for the fourth week and final days of National Poetry Month will be Puddle Wonderful: Poems to Welcome Spring with poems selected by Bobbi Katz and illustrations by Mary 

NOTE: Puddle Wonderful is a Random House PICTUREBACK®. It was published in 1992 and is now out of print. It includes many wonderful poems about the spring season—including works by Eve Merriam, Bobbi Katz, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Charlotte Zolotow, J. Patrick Lewis, e.e. cummings, Dennis Lee, Lilian Moore, Langston Hughes, Karla Kuskin, and John Updike. It would be a great book to share with a young child and would make an excellent addition to an elementary classroom collection.



Linda B said...

Wonderful, Elaine. I've been working with some 6 & 7 year olds writing riddle poems, similar to your mask poems. These will be such good mentor texts for them. Thank you!

Charles Waters said...

Mask poems ROCK! And so do you.

laurasalas said...

You captured the giraffe beautifully, Elaine! I always especially love your mask poems