For all you 15 Words or Less folks, you have two choices: Watch the Poem Starter Video and take on its challenge in 15 Words or Less, or write a totally different poem with the title “Moonlit Raccoon,” also in 15 Words or Less. You can do it!
Happy National Poetry Month! Thanks for dropping by my Poem Starter Video party.
Today’s poem comes from?A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk: A Forest of Poems?(Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2009), by Deborah Ruddell.?I love Deborah’s whimsical, nature- based poems! I’m hoping our paths will cross at some conference soon so I can chat about poetry with her. I’m sharing a beautiful, moody poem with a twist, called “Moonlit Raccoon.” This poem reminds me of the time my husband and I heard a ruckus on our 3rd-floor balcony and went out to see a raccoon perched on the railing. Ack!
In a watery mirror
the rugged raccoon
admires his face
by the light of the moon:
the mysterious mask,
the whiskers beneath,
the sliver of cricket
still stuck in his teeth.
–by Deborah Ruddell, all rights reserved
And here is my Poem Starter Video: