In February 2015, David Elliott challenged us to write letter poems to a bird, animal, or other object of our choice. He suggested we research our topic, no matter how familiar we were with it, in order to bring a little-known fact or unique angle to our work. Here is Damon Dean's terrific response to that challenge. You'll also find it in The Best of Today's Little Ditty: 2014-2015. Come back tomorrow to see what David has been up to lately!
Dear Sir Roly-Poly,
I thank you for your inquiry
about your pedigree.
belie your family tree.
I've turned most every leaf and stone.
My research seems to say—
you're not a bug at all! Not
in the "insect" sort of way.
Instead you are crustacean!
(Your kin are water-bound,
so how you came to live on land—
that fact I've not yet found.)
Some further facts are needed. More
ancestry should be followed.
But meanwhile I should caution you—
don't let yourself be swallowed.
Your rolling-up ability
could cause some sickly creature to
mistake you for a pill.
Professor O. Possum
© 2015 Damon Dean. All rights reserved.
The DMC challenge for National Poetry Month is to contribute to our Ditty Potluck. Follow the guidelines for any one of the last 28 challenges, choosing from the following recipes:
Click HERE for an alphabetical list of all the DMC challenges.
Click HERE for an alphabetical list of all the Spotlight interviews.
Post your poem on our April 2017 padlet and be sure to indicate which challenge you are responding to. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, April 28th, and one lucky participant, chosen randomly, will select from the following:
Option 1: A set of 8 copies of The Best of Today's Little Ditty: 2014-2015 to use with a classroom or extracurricular group.
Option 2: One copy of The Best of Today's Little Ditty, plus a $20 gift card to purchase a poetry book(s) of your choice.
Option 3: A $25 gift card if you already have all the copies of The Best of TLD you need.