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Friday, June 3, 2016


I rhino dozed
in the sun,
munching cane
as he watched
his friends
having fun.

Zebra said, "Hello,"
as he rushed by.
Rhino kept munching,
acting shy.

"Looking good there,
Big Guy," said Giraffe
as she waltzed by.

Rhino kept munching
and didn't reply.

"Hey, Rhino," said Baboon,
"Why so forlorn?"

"I don't want to seem like
I blow my own horn."

   Do you ever worry about people feeling like you are bragging?  Does it take away the pleasure you feel in your own accomplishment? When you worry about what other people will think of you it is probably time to stop and think about how the other people are feeling and to be thankful for your own blessings.  What can you do today to make someone else's day extraordinary?  Would you like to try writing a poem about that today?  Have fun writing.
  This rhino is part of a collection of soapstone carved animals I have.  I'm going to see if I can use it to try to draw my own rhino and paint it with water colors.  I have another chicken I want to draw too. 
 Today is Poetry Friday and you can find more great poetry posts at Check It Out
  Thanks Jone for hosting us.  Jone has some exciting news about the Poetry Camp at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington on October 1.  Check it out. Click on the links to find out more.


  1. I like this poem. I can see it as a picture book. :)

    1. I'm so glad you can see the pictures that would go with this poem. It isn't long enough for a picturebook, but maybe I'll try expanding the poem. Thank you for the suggestion.

  2. I believe it's okay to toot our own horn sometimes. Why else were we given one? :)

    1. Yes, Linda. It is OK to blow your own horn sometimes. If we didn't our friends wouldn't know the things we do. But also if we act shy we aren't living our lives to their fullest potential.
      I'm presenting at the first Poetry Camp at Western Washington University this fall with some absolutely amazing other children's poets. I'm so excited about that. More details to come later.

  3. Love this explanation for a rhinos being shy, Joy. =)

    1. When I went on my African safari in Kenya I got to feed cane to a white lipped Rhino and I was surprised at how gentle he was. I loved watching the rhinos play mud slide at the Tucson zoo when I was there. Lately, I've been thinking about teaching children about various animals if they don't have a zoo to see the real thing. Pictures are wonderful, but that only engages one sense.