Thursday, September 24, 2015

A "ME" Poem

This month’s DMC challenge came from master poet Lee Bennett Hopkins. The assignment was to write a “ME” poem.  I don’t often participate in writing challenges (mostly because of time),  but as soon as I read “ write about a simple moment in childhood that changed you in some way,” a memory popped into my mind and I wanted to get it down before it was gone. There's more I'd like to say in this poem when I have time. 

 Calico Kitten

Walking home from school
I found a kitten,
almost hidden,
beneath a bramble bush.

Lying on the ground
bone thin and shivering—
her tail was quivering,
as I wrapped her in my jacket.

Afraid she might die
I carried her inside—

When she licked
warm milk
from my fingertips,
I knew she would survive

Then she curled herself
into my lap,
and thanked me,
with a purrrfect

I found the kitten when I was twelve, and I've had cats in my life ever since.  Here is my Daisy playing with her toys. She has a basket full of toys, but she only plays with the ones that contain treats. She is very spoiled kitty! 

Be sure to check out Today’s Little Ditty for a wrap-up of the “ME” poem challenge, and you can read Michelle’s fabulous spotlight interview with Lee Bennett Hopkins here.

I hope you're as excited about autumn as I am. I love this time of year! Now, let's go visit Janet and the rest of the Poetry Friday folks at Poetry for Children.




  1. Thank you for sharing your childhood rescue-story in words so vivid, so smooth flowing. I especially like the ending role reversal; cat lullabies the one who holds her; I like, too, the tempo and tongue-exercising challenge of "she licked warm milk from my fingertips." Thank you!

    1. Even after all these years, I still remember how excited I was to find that tiny kitty. Thank you for stopping by, CB!

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    1. Thanks, Mary Lee. The sound of a cat purring is the best, isn't it? : )

  3. Ah, yay for your me poem and for the calico kitten who started you on your cat-lover's path. Love that purrrfect lullaby... is there a better stress reliever than a purring cat in one's lap?? xo

  4. I agree, Irene. The sound of purring is a joyful sound! Thanks for stopping by! : )

  5. Hi, Linda, thank you for joining our Poetry Friday party this week-- and for sharing this sweet memory! I'm a dog person myself, but we have the cuddling with a dear pet in common!

  6. I would have loved to be you, Linda, and I have a 12 year old now who most certainly wishes the same! Call it what you will, but I sincerely doubt there was any accident in you and your first kitty finding each other that day. Thanks so much for lending your voice to this month's challenge!