#NaPoWriMo Day 23: Poem — Free Verse — “Duck-Billed Platypus Thief” #amwritingpoetry


For NaPoWriMo Day 23 the prompt is:


“Taking a cue from Bishop, I’d like to challenge you today to write a poem about an animal. If you’d like to take a look at some other poems for inspiration, you might like James Dickey’s “The Dusk of Horses,” or Tennyson’s “The Eagle.””


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Curious duckbilled thief, I caught you stealing time,

You peeped, squealed, rolled into corners where no one could peep.

Your black-eyes are wide, fluffy innocence peers back.

And your tiny lashes flick, as you hide within fur,

The jingle of coins jolts you, they roll ’round your tummy.

A Crown falls to the floor, you’re off running — to save what’s left of your treasure.

You’re sure no one will catch you– this time you’ve got us beat.

The royal jewels are in your fur-folds somewhere,

You’re a petty pad-foot, harmless, too snuggly for words;

You’re an armful of trickster; you hate being caught.

When I demand my wallet, my cash, and watch,

You cock your coal-dark head,

Perhaps, you didn’t know they were there at all? (You imply).

Tucked under belly rolls, in corners, and squishy edges,

I sigh, take back my treasure, hold out my hand, you chirp —

Duck billed platypus, creature of mole (some other beasts I imagine too).

Your thieveries a whimsy, but no ones fooled,

All you love is gold, silver if you must . . .

You’ll catch it in a sec, a poof of magic dust.

Your duckbilled lips smile, as you scamper down the stairs,

Yet, the things you hold dear, are the most worthless wares.

You need a lady friend,

For her thievery includes not just gold,

But, your platypus heart too!


©️Mandibelle16. (2019) All Rights Reserved.

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6 thoughts on “#NaPoWriMo Day 23: Poem — Free Verse — “Duck-Billed Platypus Thief” #amwritingpoetry”

    1. Thanks Oneta. Did you get a chance to watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them w/ your grandkids? Is JK Rowling, but I very different than Harry Potter. I think you’d enjoy it & the 2nd 🙂

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    1. Christopher have you ever watched the movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” & the second one which came out this summer “Fantastic Beasts: The Curse of GrindleWald?” There’s a third one coming out soon too.

      Anyways, this is one of the fantastic beasts in the movie. He’s quite funny. Loves gold and is very cute.

      JK Rowling Wrote the scripts/plays for both these movies. They’re on Netflix and I think you’d enjoy them. Some familiarity with Harry Potter, but very much a different storyline and main characters in the 1920-1930’s.

      Glad you liked the poem. Have a good weekend 🙂

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