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Three poems by Jane Yolen


Duck Parade

Ducks wiggle-waddle,
Ducklings diddle-dawdle
Down to the pond
With a quick-quack-quack.
Tails sassy-saucy,
Drakes busy-bossy,
Down to the pond
For a quick-quack-snack.


A Raft of Ducks: A Haiku

Ducks on the water,

Wing by wing by beak and wing.

I could walk across.







Four mallards on a pond

Write with the subtle

Tracings of their backwash

A salutation to spring.


Jane YolenAbout the Poet:

Jane Yolen is the author of fantasy, science fiction, and children's books, including Owl Moon, The Devil's Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America.

About this Poem:

Yolen's poems feel right at home at Kidsburg Playground. Her ear-pleasing, rhythmic poems honor the ducks that can often be found bathing in the creek here.

"Duck Parade" and "A Raft of Ducks: a Haiku" used by permission of the author. "Calligraphy," from Bird Watch by Jane Yolen © 1990, used by permission of the author.