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.””
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!
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