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Monday, May 7, 2012

Three Spotted Deer

Oh dear,
what do I see?
Three spotted deer,
One, two three.

They will munch
bark from the tree.
Those three spotted deer
walking by me.

    There is a homophone/homonym in this poem.  Can you find the two words that sound the same but are written differently and have different meanings?  Yes, dear and deer.
    I do like writing counting poems because they lend themselves to being read by two voices.  I guess I could make the last line "One, two three" to repeat the counting.  Which do you think would be better?
    When I young we jumped rope to the chant:
When I went to sea,sea, sea
Oh what did I see, see,see?

   Sea and see are another homophone/homonym.  Can you think of others?  Knowing homonyms is very useful in writing poetry.  Can you write a poem today that uses either counting or homophones/homonyms?   Oh, this could be fun.
I've already thought about hare/hair, and bare/bare.  (Red/read and two/too are homonyms/homophones also.) Write on!


  1. Joy,
    Here's a science question for the day: Do deer only eat bark from saplings (young trees)?

  2. Are you kidding? Linda, it has been my experience that deer eat anything they want to, especially if they are hungry. But they do prefer the tender young green leaves and soft, moist bark of the saplings.
    Deer use the bigger strong trees for rubbing their antlers and anywhere else they can reach that has an itch.

  3. Joy,
    I'm in full agreement. They love my azaleas so much they don't bloom most years. They even eat rose briars. Ouch!

  4. You keep getting better and better... NC photo? ILY cloey

  5. Dear Joy,
    I'm not sure where to start with this comment! I am an amateur photographer and will become a grandmother this summer to a little girl who will live in a house in the woods with my son and daughter in law.. I am putting together a photo book of pictures I have taken over the years at their place and was looking on the internet for a poem about deer to add to the book. That is how I came to be at your post. I was hoping to ask you permission to use this poem, giving you credit, of course, for writing it. I'm much better with pictures than words. You write such lovely poems for little ones! Thank you!