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Friday, February 5, 2016

DUCKS


Ducks by the pond
waddle to and fro
into the water
they go,
           go,
               GO!

   I saw these ducks on my morning walk.  They seem to get along quite well with the Kauai chickens.  I see them together in the grass eating tender shoots and searching for grubs and insects.
   Since there are five ducks in the picture, can you try writing a counting poem today?  Have fun writing your poem.


   Today is Poetry Friday and all the children's poets have gathered at The Miss Rumpus Effect for a poetry party.  You can read more poetry at Tricia's  blog.  Thanks for hosting us, Tricia.

26 comments:

  1. I love the idea of ducks and chickens coexisting....in Hawaii! Thank you, Joy! xo

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    1. There is a lot of co-existing in Hawaii. It really is a melting pot, and being an island people have to get along because it is very hard to leave and you are going to run into the person again and again. Island life has a very different mind set.

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  2. Unusual looking ducks! Was there a rooster about too? :)

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    1. Jama,
      Could these be a variety of Chinese ducks?
      It was their unusual coloring that drew me to the ducks.

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  3. Having had a pet duck for a short while I know that ducks like to go, go, go! (but in a different context, ha!) I agree with Jama, interesting coloring on those ducks! You've got chicken and ducks, are there any goose with you in Kauai?

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    1. Remember the days when you could win a duck at the county fair? And goldfish and lizards on a gold chain to wear? Times certainly have changed.

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  4. Fun photo! The two ducks in back look as if they are curious about the photographer. I like the simplicity of the poem and the forward momentum of the ending.

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    1. Thank you, JoAnn. I really enjoy watching these ducks. There is one all white duck. I wonder if he feels special by being different from all the others.

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  5. Great pic. They are so cute. I love your poem. I think it belongs in Hello! or Babybug. I hope you are submitting it.

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    1. Thanks, Rosi. I do need to find time to make another submission to them. I've been putting it off until I get all the boxes emptied.

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  6. Wonderful picture and poem to go with, Joy. I'm loving all the "new" things you've been sharing.

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    1. Maybe I need to organize a workshop/retreat so all my friends can come to visit.

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    1. Hope you have a good weekend, Linda. Thank you for your comment.

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  8. Love these ducks and your poem!

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    1. Thanks, Catherine. I'm eager to find the time to experiment with inks, water colors and colored pencils to try drawing the ducks.

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  9. Hmm...I'm thinking there might be a poem here entitled "Odd Ducks."

    Okay...here goes:

    Five Odd Ducks
    (to the tune of "Three Blind Mice"

    Five odd ducks
    Five odd ducks

    See mottled bills
    See mottled bills

    They can't decide if they're black or they're white
    They waddle and waggle in morning's bright light

    They're five odd ducks
    Five odd ducks

    ©Mary Lee Hahn, 2016

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    1. Oh, Mary Lee,
      You are too good. What a fun poem. You had me singing. Thank you for adding to the fun.

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  10. Only Mary Lee could come up with a counting poem/song on request. I will have to work on it. They are certainly interesting colored birds!

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    1. Work on it, Carol. I'd love to see what you come up with.

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  11. What a fun poem.

    Are the chickens on Kauai as exotic as the ducks?

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    1. Absolutely. Wasn't Mary Lee's poem fun.

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  12. 1 duck,
    1 hen -
    That's 2 birds;
    But look again.
    3 ducks,
    no more!
    Where are the hens
    I saw before?
    4 ducks, no hens -
    Did all the hens go back in pens?
    4 ducks, 1 hen
    Oh, not again,
    I see five birds:
    Half of ten!

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    1. Donna,
      This is so good. I like the movement and had so much fun having your words in my mouth. The different tonations and expressions! When I got to the end, I wanted to read your poem out loud again. Now that is the sign of a great poem. WOW! This is so much fun to read. And what a lovely math lesson for young children.
      Thank you for sharing your poem.
      This could easily be shaped into an 8 page early reader.

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    2. Ha! Glad you liked it! Just point me in a direction! I wouldn't be opposed to doing that!

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  13. Somehow it reminded me of McCloskey's Make Way for Ducklings. Awesome. Great capture.

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