Poetry on the Wing

A photograph of a gray headed flying fox stretching its wings.
Mr. Save Lucy is visiting Australia and has been photographing gray headed flying foxes. We think this is a nice photo to accompany Blogger Rachael's poem, even if they don't eat bugs or echolocate. Photo by Rich Sturges, 2017.

A photograph of the face of a Northern long-eared bat echolocating.
On the other end of the spectrum, a Northern Long-eared bat, also photographed by Mr. Save Lucy. This one DOES echolocate and eat bugs. Photo by Rich Sturges.

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week. I would like to dedicate this week’s blog to the people affected by the fires in Northern California. I hope that weather brings you some rain soon and the fires can be brought under control. My thoughts are with you all.

I am studying poetry in my English class. One of my assignments was to research a famous poet and then to write an original poem using that poet’s style. I researched William Blake, so I decided to try and copy the style he used in his poem “The Tyger”. I wrote about the misunderstood and underappreciated bat that people often call “ugly”. It was difficult to write because, well, bats are adorable! I needed inspiration and as you all know, little bats are very poetic. So, with their inspiration, but definitely not their talent, I managed to write a poem that I would like to share with you all now. I hope you like it.

The Bat

Big Brown Bat flying light
In the skies of the night
You’re called ugly by those who see
What is outside, not within thee

Catching bugs only you can hear
How do you see them from so far, not near?
With echolocation – a spectacular sense
From which a bug has little defense

Big Brown Bat in the night
Aiding farmers in your flight
A life of service. Don’t you see?
Helping humans just like me

But your appearance causes prejudice
Sadly, they don’t see your selflessness
Instead they see a hideous troll
Missing that deep in your eyes is a loving soul

Your purpose in life is actually simple
To stray from it would be quite sinful
Please save us from the plight
Of the unfortunate mosquito bite

Big Brown Bat flying light
In the skies of the night
You’re called ugly by those who see
What is outside, not within thee

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