Wednesday, 18 May 2016

The Bat

By day the bat is cousin to the mouse.
He likes the attic of an aging house.

His fingers make a hat about his head.
His pulse beat is so slow we think him dead.

He loops in crazy figures half the night.
Among the trees that face the corner light.

But when he brushes up against a screen.
We are afraid of what are eyes have seen.

For something is amiss or out of place.
When mice with wings can wear a human face.

 - Theodore Roethke

Pick an animal and write your own version of this poem.  Remember to research your animal and add some poetic imagery to your poem i.e., "His fingers make a hat about his head."

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