Monday, November 13, 2017

DMC: "Sharing" by Keri Collins Lewis


Dry summer
the cockroach sips from the puddle
in the kitchen sink. 

© 2017 Keri Collins Lewis. 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 brilliant, Keri. So Issa! I won't soon forget the image, that's for sure.

  2. There is beauty found if we only pause, right? You've shown a scene that might make others screech, but this time with compassion. Lovely, Keri!

  3. This gives me a whole different I'm imagining what the cockroach is seeing. Perhaps we look like monstrous beings to him as we dip our toes in a pond!

  4. Y'all are so sweet. For the record, I did jump. It was a very large roach. :-0 I wouldn't have even thought about writing this poem without the prompt! Thanks to Carol & Michelle!

  5. I'm not sure why this make me think of a lion sidling up to a watering hole and drinking, but it does--something about the dreaded creature still needing water like every other animal? Can totally picture this with an illustration that somehow makes the cockroach less vile and more in need and humble.

  6. you've made the unlinked seam so likeable with your pome so much sad in so few words makes me think of the Jiminy cricket

  7. Aww! Good job, Keri! You've accomplished the impossible.
    And the title fits perfectly.

  8. I never thought anyone could see beauty in a cockroach, but you did, Keri. Nice job.