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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Good Morning

Under the great blue sky,
there are yellow marigolds,
a tall yucca plant,
and a saguaro cactus
standing bold.

Inside the cactus
is a nesting elf owl
who yips and yaps
like the bark
of a coyote's howl.

There's a rabbit hopping on the sandy trail
and a covey of quail.
Underground in a dark hole
are three digging voles.

And two whiptail lizards rest in the sun watching hungry javelina on the run
and a packrat races by while a Cooper's hawk circles in the sky.
And a blue copper rock and doves in a flock.

Cars driving by zoom, a cactus wren sings a sweet tune,
and an Indian woman sits at her loom.

Good morning desert.
Good morning sun.
Good morning elf owl having fun.

Good morning coyote, and good morning quail.
Good morning rabbit and good morning trail.
Good morning holes and good morning voles.

Good morning lizards resting in the sun.
Good morning javelina on the run.

Good morning packrat and Cooper's hawk.
Good morning doves and blue copper rock.

Good morning cars, good morning tune,
and good morning to the woman
who sits at her loom.

Good morning desert sky, good morning desert air.
Good morning to creatures everywhere.

  Sorry this is such a long poem today but I got started and couldn't stop.  What should I have left out?  I've been having fun playing with creatures in the desert and writing list poems.  Can you write your own list poem saying hello or good by to the things at your school or home.  What are the steps you take to go to school? 


  1. I love this!!! Beautiful & creative. PICTURE BOOK Please!!

  2. Another one that I want to illustrate. ILY

  3. Joy,

    Lovely description of a desert morning. You make your reader feel present. If this remains a poem instead of a picture book, I think it could end when it changes from a list to a greeting. I'm not sure the blue copper rock is necessary unless some wildlife is mentioned with it. Also, the mention of an automobile took me away from the nature scenes. Maybe you could wrap up with a line like "Good morning desert." I hope this helps some.

  4. Linda,
    Thanks for the help.