Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Poem #27 -- I Want To Be

I want to be a goose.
I want to stand on the roof with my neck stuck out, honking and honking.

I want to be a redwing blackbird.
I want to hold onto the cattail with both feet and sing ko-ka-reeeeee out across the ditch.

I want to be a hawk.
I want to drop like a rock from the wire and land sharp-taloned on a field mouse.

I want to be a nuthatch.
I want to run upside down on the trunk of the big oak searching for insects with my bead eyes.

I want to be a bird.
I want to launch myself into the wind and understand aerodynamics instinctively.


  1. Ooh! Love the hawk one especially. Beautiful!

  2. I'm always on the lookout for poetry that helps young writers feel that they 'can do it'. This is a perfect mentor poem for them and reminds me of Marie Bradby's If You Were a Bird. Thank you so much for sharing it!


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