National Poetry Writing Month 2017, Day 5

My fifth poem for National Poetry Writing Month uses the prompt from—who were seriously testing me with their prompt to ‘write a poem that is based in the natural world.’ When it comes to poetry, few things are duller to me than…a nature poem. Read Beowulf to me in the original Middle English. Make me listen to a poem that is so long it takes 43-and-a-half minutes to read if you’re rushing through it. Assemble our current president-inator’s tweets to date into an incoherent mess of writing that could be called a poem only in the loosest sense possible. But nature poems? Thank you, no. Fortunately, I was able to give myself enough leeway to have fun with it—and without any references whatsoever to fecundity

Hey squirrels!

Will you help me
make the nature poem
less dull?

The way y’all run around
chasing each other up and down trees
leaping from branch to branch
and generally scurrying about
your bushy tails adding flourishes to the lot
makes you so much more fun
than languid descriptions
of pine needles and flower petals
or rapt expressions of marvel
about hummingbirds in flight
or fish swimming in the stream

The truth is
y’all are downright entertaining

What other creatures
in urban nature
can say that?

(4 April 2017—posted April 5th ET)


7 thoughts on “National Poetry Writing Month 2017, Day 5

  1. I love this. It’s light and entertaining and FUN. I’ve included a link to it on my own NaPoWriMo post for the day, if you don’t mind, as every day I’m sharing a poem by a fellow participant. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks! I wanted to show how much I don’t like nature poems without unfairly maligning people who do—you know, personal preference and all that.

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