Monday, June 22, 2015

DMC: "With a Hat Like a Bishop's, What Else Would You Expect?" by Diane Mayr

With a Hat Like a Bishop's, What Else Would You Expect?

Two woodpeckers poked, and pecked,
made one heck-of-a
mess of sawdust and splintery wood.

The one with sideburns
had a moment of concern,
but the other said, "You've misunderstood!

We'll wiggle our hips
and smooth down those chips.
We're nesting! It's our parenthood!"

Then she lifted both legs.
Popped out six dozen eggs.
And was nominated for avian sainthood.

© 2015 Diane Mayr. All rights reserved

Pileated Woodpecker by Simon Pierre Barrette

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 this Friday, June 26th, and one lucky participant will win a personalized copy of Corey's delightful new picture book:


  1. Six dozen? That does sound as though it would qualify her for sainthood! What a cute title :-)

  2. Great job, Diane! And THIS is why a hip-wiggling Mrs. should always be in charge!

  3. I love your woodpecker parenthood splintery wood sainthood word play. We have red headed woodpeckers and I love to watch them.

  4. Thanks everyone! This challenge certainly was challenging!

  5. Really loved this post. I wanted to get to this ditty challenge.....but so needed to be done teaching school for the year and to unwind from that frenetic energy! Thanks for challenging us. It's really fun! I've posted My Tree House poem on my blog and will figure out how to link it steps in this for me ;)