Echoes full of knowing (NPM ’16-Day 14)

14 Apr



Echoes full of knowing

I look a lot like little mouse
little mouse with wings.
At dark leave attic of your house
to hunt for creepy things.

I swoop and swirl, dive and glide
but hardly use my sight,
prefer in dim moon-shade to hide
while scrounging food at night.

I have the rare ability
to somehow find my way
with sound waves and agility,
don’t need the light of day.

Sing little notes so high and fast
you humans cannot hear them.
Know when mosquitoes, moths fly past,
with my sharp teeth I spear them.

My little songs come back to me
in echoes full of knowing.
My ears and brain like eyes, you see
that tell me where I’m going.

© 2016 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)


This month at the blog Today’s Little Ditty,  guest poet Marilyn Singer’s challenge is to write an echo-inspired poem. Today’s poem is my attempt.

Poetry Friday LogoThis post is linked to Poetry Friday. What a lovely coincidence to have as our Poetry Friday host today Michelle  of the above-mentioned Today’s Little Ditty. Hop on over to enjoy the amazing poetic fare. During National Poetry Month it’s a veritable feast!





Posted by on April 14, 2016 in Kids, Nature, Poetry Friday


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9 responses to “Echoes full of knowing (NPM ’16-Day 14)

  1. katswhiskers

    April 15, 2016 at 5:20 am

    Fabulous, Violet. And beautifully matched with the photo.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Violet Nesdoly

      April 15, 2016 at 5:29 am

      Thank you, Katswhiskers! It was a fun poem to write–and I’m not sure even now it’s in its finished form. I keep finding things to tweak.


  2. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes

    April 15, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Violet! What a lovely surprise! Thank you for writing such a terrific echo poem. (I’ve added your link to the others I mention in my post today.) Those sharp, spear-like teeth gave me a shiver and I love the “echoes full of knowing.”

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Linda Baie

    April 15, 2016 at 8:06 am

    How wonderful, Violet. My granddaughter’s new unit of study is bats, so I will certainly share this with her. They are fascinating creatures. I love “echoes full of knowing”, exactly!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. jama

    April 15, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Wonderful poem paired with an evocative photo!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Kimberley Payne

    April 16, 2016 at 6:20 am

    Reblogged this on Science & Faith Matters and commented:
    Bats are talked about in the Bible in Leviticus 11:13-19 and also Isaiah 2:20. Adam’s Animals offers 6 fascinating facts about the bat on page 14.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. maryleehahn

    April 16, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Love your batty take on echoes! (I still need to write my echo poem…)


  7. margaretsmn

    April 17, 2016 at 10:59 am

    The rhythm and rhyme work so well here. My favorite stanza is the last “When little songs come back to me.” May we all listen with more intention.



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