Although it is a sunny day
the rotary drier is sad today
and drooping on her zimmer frame
when she should be spinning
in fresh zephyrs of spring.
When she’s all pegged out with pillows,
and fresh, clean towels that flap and billow,
dancing trousers, shirts and sheets,
with grass and daisies at her feet,
the washing line pulls a happy face.
Kim M. Russell, 2017
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics: Does your dog wear a raincoat?
Lillian asks why people put raincoats on dogs and why are we enamoured with Winnie the Pooh and Micky Mouse? Why do we talk about the tortoise and the hare as if they are somehow competing in a race?
She’s talking about anthropomorphism: the attribution of human traits, emotions, and intentions to nonhumans, making an animal or object behave and appear like they are human beings.” She has given us examples of poetry, including the children’s rhymes ‘Hey! diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle’ and ‘Three little kittens lost their mittens’, and ‘Water Snake’ by Mary Oliver.
This Tuesday we are trying our hand at using anthropomorphism in a poem. Lillian wants us to have fun with it, or we can be more serious. We could write a poem for children or a beautiful nature poem; take on the voice of an animal character or write in the third person.