Tuesday, March 22, 2016

DMC: "Sparrow" by Elizabeth Steinglass


small, brown bird
no cap, no crest
no scarlet streak
across his breast

small, brown bird
ho-humly dressed,
but always near,
so loved the best

© 2016 Elizabeth Steinglass. All rights reserved.

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater has challenged us to write poems about small things— animals or objects you see everyday and don't give much thought. Click HERE for more details.

Send your poem 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, March 25th, and one lucky participant will win a personalized copy of her delightful nonfiction picture book:


  1. This is a delight, Liz. Many of my favorite things are "ho-humly dressed," too. :)

  2. "Ho-humly dressed"
    So humble
    So lovely
    This poem.

    Liz - You would adore Charlotte Zolotow's book PETER AND THE PIGEONS.


  3. It's often not the flashiest that are the closest to our hearts! Nice, Liz.

  4. Thanks to you all! Amy, I will be sure to find the book. Thanks for recommending it.

  5. Susannah Buhrman-DeeverMarch 22, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    Simply lovely.

  6. Lovely sentiment, and true in the words, Liz.

  7. Yes--ho-hummly dressed is delightful, as is this entire poem. Well done, Liz!

  8. Wow. This is just charming. I particularly love the line "ho-humly dressed." It's just a perfect poem. Thanks for this one.