A Pig in the Audience [15 Words or Less]

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Hello, and welcome! This is 15 Words or Less Poems, a low-pressure way to wake up your poetry brain (guidelines here), and I’m very glad you’re here. 

Last month, I did a storytime with the St. Paul Saints (baseball team) Reading Tree program at a local library. Mudonna, the Saints’ pig mascot, was there. What a ham (hehe)! Seriously, she is so great. I wish I could take her along on school visits. Kids will do anything, including lie on the floor so they can “wake up” during IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT and guess the answers to the riddle-ku in LION OF THE SKY, if Mudonna is doing it, too:>)

Photo: Patty McKenna

This image makes me think of several things:

  1. the kindergartner who threw up during my school visit :>(
  2. guilt over how much I love bacon
  3. how we are different and alike

And here’s my first draft. 

It’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count.)







25 Responses

  1. Aw, I love the last line! So full of hope.

    Pig listens
    to your story
    nods his agreement,
    swaying to the sound
    until The End.

  2. I cannot believe it’s August either. School busses have been running here for a full week. The photo is so cute, and sweet!

    Mudonna’s Farewell to Summer

    Love the wee ones
    Ms. Lara too
    one last hoorah
    so much to do.


    1. Aw, that is so sweet. And yes, it is that time of year again where everything is kicking up the gear I absolutely love fall, but since our daughter is only home till late August, I am refusing to look ahead to fall yet.

  3. Book Friends

    squeal, giggle, thrump-dump-dump
    down stairs

    to mind
    to inner eye
    to life!

    1. My book friends are all fully alive! I didn’t even think until now that Mudonna was like a storybook character come to life. I’m not sure if that’s what you meant to evoke with your poem, but that’s what it meant to me, and I smiled.

      1. Yes, that’s exactly what I meant to evoke, Laura, and I’m glad it made you smile! I was also thinking about how the household items in your picture book, In the Middle of the Night, come to life through your wonderful words and images, and, if even in our imagination, become our “friends”.

  4. Friendship

    We’re friends, but
    but we’re friends.

    1. Yes! Said so simply and beautifully. Why is this such a hard concept for some people?

    2. I forgot to say that I love how the last line is the first line, just rearranged.

  5. What a fun reading!

    Charlotte Reads to Wilbur

    Some piggies like mud.
    Some piggies like slop.
    Some piggies like stories
    with heroes that hop!

    (alternate ending: from their local bookshop.)

    1. Aw, Wilbur… For some reason, the character of Wilbur totally reminds me of our beagle, Jackie. Neither one with us in real life anymore but both still so much loved.

  6. That’s Some Pig, Terrific! Gret picture and poem.

    The Reading-Tree

    You’re a kid;
    I’m a pig,
    different certainly.
    Side-by-side we’re the same,
    under the Reading-Tree.

  7. Sory it is over 15 So say for the loss of our frien and floow poet Lee 🙁

    Reading Nursery
    Rime’s And pomes

    poem by Jessica Bigi

    first little built a library
    scent little piggy
    filled shelve with books
    third little piggy
    invited Laura to read
    kids laughing-laughing
    all the way home

    1. Oh, mercy, I hadn’t heard about Lee! Haven’t been on social media really today. What a sad day for children and poets:(


    Dare to be different
    For all to see
    Sitting up there
    Right next to me

    Anne McKenna

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