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Friday, September 7, 2012


A pink flamingo sits at my desk
I think he is too picturesque.
He says he wants to write a poem
and that he'll use a pseudonym.

I ask, why not just use your name?
He say he wants to find more fame.
What is better than Pink Flamingo, my dear?
He say he wants to be William Shakespeare.

    Oh, I'm going silly today.  I've used a really big word in this poem, pseudonym, it is a nom de plum, or a pen name.  If you had a pen name what would it be?  Today's challenge is to write the poem you think Pink Flamingo would write.  Some people would call this a mask poem--a poem written in the voice of another.  I call it a persona poem.  Have fun writing. 


  1. To be or not to be,
    That is the question.
    It's up to me,in poetry.
    Based on my perception.

  2. Cute--and LInda's response is too! You guys rock!

  3. Thanks Carol. Jump on in and join the fun.

  4. I LOVE IT ..... cloey

  5. Well done Linda. I didn't get to the "to be" line. I did google "Shakespeare and flamingo" and evidently the Bard never wrote about this bird, even though there were over 45 different birds that he wrote about. You would have thought he's have found someone's skinny legs to compare, or Cyrano's nose as big and pink as a flamingo's--but Shakespeare didn't mention a single flamingo.
    Did you know there was a man, Eugene Schifflin, in the 1890's who had this movement to bring all of the Bard's birds to the US? The starlings and grackles have done very well and the little nightingales didn't survive. Evidently there were big "release parties" in Central Park, NY.