Wednesday, November 8, 2017

DMC: "Robert's Pet" by Dianne Moritz


Robert brought his pet to school.
He said the pet was new.
But when he sauntered into class,
the kids and I screamed, "EW!"

A sewer rat!
Imagine that!

Fierce bond between the boy and rat,
swelled our hearts with beauty.
Everybody fell in love, and...
thought the rat a cutie!

© 2017 Dianne Moritz. All rights reserved.

Click HERE to read this month's interview with Carol Hinz, Editorial Director of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books, divisions of Lerner Publishing Group. Her challenge this month is to write a poem that finds beauty in something that is not usually considered beautiful.

Post your poems on our November 2017 padlet. While some contributions will be featured as daily ditties this month, all contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, November 24th. One lucky participant will win a copy of The Sun Played Hide-and-Seek: A Personification Story by Brian P. Cleary, illustrated by Carol Crimmins, and published by Millbrook Press earlier this year.


  1. This is great, Dianne! I can definitely relate since a good friend of mine from high school had a pet rat that sat lovingly on his shoulder.

  2. never a pet rat but we had hampers and my dad was a truck driver and he would bring home unsnarl pet some times like a muskrat once your poem is wonderful brought back wonderful memories of my child hood

    1. thanks! This is a true story...happened when I was teaching third grade in LA City Schools. I've had a rat phobia for years, but was able to tolerate "Ralph" in the classroom for a whole day.

  3. My class raised rats for several years, so this pleases me a lot to say that I'm glad the class finally loved it. Great rhythm & story in not too many words, too. I love that middle part!

  4. Oh, my. I'm not sure I could find the beauty in a sewer rat. Cute poem, though.