Friday, April 8, 2011

TWOSOMES: Love Poems from the Animal Kingdom...and Some Original Cuddly Creature Couplets

Twosomes: Love Poems from the Animal Kingdom

Written by Marilyn Singer

Pictures by Lee Wildish

Knopf, 2011

This is a slim volume of fifteen “cuddly creature couplets” about pairs of animals (porcupines, chameleons, sharks, elephants, cats, dogs) who are in love. It’s a light-hearted collection that kids and adults alike can appreciate. Wildish’s humorous cartoonlike illustrations add to the fun of Singer’s animal-sweetheart verses—which contain lots of wordplay and puns. One bat wants to “hang around” with another bat. Two horses enjoy a “stable relationship.” A male dolphin tells his female paramour that she’s the “porpoise” of his life.

Click here to look inside this book.I really enjoyed this little book. It inspired me to write some of my own “twosomes.”

Bull & Cow

YOU’RE my gal. There ain’t no uddah.

I love you more than biscuits and buddah.

Yo mine,



Let me be your special gent.

I love you. You were heaven scent.


You’re well-preserved, you ancient fossil!

My love for you is mega-colossal.

Narcissistic Peacock

I can see my reflection so I’m never lonely.

I WANT to be my one and only.


She’s the true love that I chose.

I met her on a red, red rose.


Be mine. Let’s mate…

Before it’s too late.

I invite readers to write their own “twosomes” and leave them in the comments. I’ll post them next week.

Twosomes is the book prize I'll be giving away for the second week of National Poetry Month.

NOTE: I’ll announce the winner of Douglas Florian’s poetry collection POETREES later today.


Over at Political Verses, I have an original poem by J. Patrick Lewis titled TLC by TSA at LAX.

At Blue Rose Girls, I have three original clerihews.

The Poetry Friday Roundup is at Madigan Reads.

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