Friday, April 27, 2007

Poetry Friday - Bats!

Reading The Bat-Poet with William this week has put me in the mood for poems about these wonderfully useful mammals. Did you know that bats are helpful pollinators? That they help spread seeds so plants grow in new areas? They they can eat so many insects in one day (nearly half their body weight) that they are terrific natural pest controllers? In honor of these amazing creatures, I share two poems today.

This first one is an original.
Nocturnal navigator
aerial magician
and flip
and grab
erratic flights of fancy

Not feathered
on the wing
The second offering is an excerpt from D.H. Lawrence's poem entitled Bat. You can read the poem in its entirety here.
Bats, and an uneasy creeping in one's scalp
As the bats swoop overhead!
Flying madly.

Black piper on an infinitesimal pipe.
Little lumps that fly in air and have voices indefinite, wildly vindictive;

Wings like bits of umbrella.


Creatures that hang themselves up like an old rag, to sleep;
And disgustingly upside down.
Hanging upside down like rows of disgusting old rags
And grinning in their sleep.
Not for me!
For even more bat poems, check out these books.
Finally, if you want to learn more about bats, visit this bat page from the San Diego Zoo. Happy Poetry Friday, all!


  1. I have been a fan of bats ever since The Bat Poet. I named one of my guitars "Pipistrella" too.:)
    Check out the Edward Gorey bat pendant at Spooky Boutique (I got one for Valentine's Day).

    Thanks for posting the bat poems. I especially like your original piece.

  2. Love your orignial piece. Who knew that D.H. Lawrence actually worte a poem on bats.

  3. Hi Ladies,
    Thanks for visiting. It's nice to hear from folks who actually like my original pieces. My middle schoolers rarely admitted to liking them, probably because they usually showed up on quizzes and tests as "Who am I?" questions!