Wednesday, June 10, 2015

DMC: "Chicken tried to hammer nails" by Katie Gast

Chicken tried to hammer nails
Instead, she hit her feathered tail
“Ouch!” she squawked. “This hammer’s weighty!
I can’t do it and you can’t make me!”

“Instead, I’ll sand the tree house floor.”
And she scritch-scratched across each board.
“That’s not sanding,” the old dog barked,
“Your chicken feet have left it marked!”

“I learned this trick from my old ladies -
the swanky ones with the Mercedes.
You’re dog-gone wrong with your critique, 
our tree house floor now looks antique.”

© 2015 Katie Gast. All rights reserved.

Corey Rosen Schwartz has challenged us to write a stanza or two about building a treehouse, using unpredictable rhymes of more than one syllable. Click HERE for all the details.

Send your stanzas to TodaysLittleDitty (at) gmail (dot) com, or use the contact form in the sidebar to the right. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, June 26th, and one lucky participant will win a personalized copy of Corey's delightful new picture book:


  1. Oh so funny, Katie. You've captured all the parts beautifully. I know a few chicken lovers who will like this! Terrific ending, too.

  2. Move over old dog, I wholly approve of this chick's shabby chic methods! Thanks for the fun poem, Katie– love that ladies/Mercedes rhyme.

  3. You took your poetry hammer and nailed it, Katie!

  4. Wow, love the chicken's take on antique flooring methods! Excellent ditty, Katie! =)

  5. Michelle, thanks for including me on your blog. Your challenges are a lot of fun.

  6. Hilarious! Love your animal characters and the amazing unique rhymes!