Marileta Robinson

A Spider

I’ve never been one to kill spiders. It may have something to do with reading Charlotte’s Web. My attitude toward spiders in my house is “live and let live,” especially since they catch other bugs that might be less welcome. But my tolerance has its limits. I used  EXAGGERATION to imagine what animals I wouldn’t […]

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Limerick

LIMERICKS are fun to try. The rhythm goes something like this: (for lines 1, 2, and 5) da da DUM da da DUM da da DUM. (For lines 3 and 4) da da DUM da da DUM. It’s ok to drop or add a “da” at the beginning or end of a line, as I […]

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Antoine the Anteater

This poem began because I had a feeling that I wanted to write about ants, and took notes as ideas and pictures appeared in my head. “Vacuum cleaner” led to “hose of a nose.” Sometimes rhymes suggest ideas, too.  “Post mortem” led to “snort ’em.”  I was happy with my PORTRAIT of an anteater, one […]

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Camels and Unicorns

What rhymes with “caravan”? This poem provides one answer to that question–you can probably think of lots more. It’s also an example of COMPARISON. Animals tend to live in different places because of their habits–or maybe it’s the other way around. How would you compare a rabbit and a monkey? A snake and a lion?

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