To pass the time my other half and I like to play the Alphabet Game. It’s very simple – you just choose a subject then each player in turn must come up with something related to the theme beginning with A and then the next letter of the alphabet in turn.
Last night I chose the topic, Creepy Crawlies, thinking it would be a piece of cake – but it turned out not to be quite so easy! Anyway, inspired by last night’s fun I decided to have a go at writing a poem based on an alphabetical list of creepy crawlies. Here it is – enjoy!
A is for ant, the hardworking guy,
B is for butterfly, fluttering by.
C is for caterpillar, hungry and fat,
D is for dragonfly – fancy that!
E is for earwig, a frightful sight,
F is for fleas that nip and bite.
G is for grasshoppers having a jump,
H is for horseflies in a clump.
I is for insect (I’m cheating a bit),
Japanese beetles think and sit.
Keyhole wasps (I Googled that),
Lice in the hair beneath your cap.
M is for millipedes marching past,
N for the nymphs that grow up at last.
Owl flies – I wonder if they hoot?
Praying mantises hunt but don’t shoot.
Q is for queen bees and their motherhood,
R for the robber flies up to no good.
S is for silkworms who make us fine clothes,
T is for termites and their towering homes.
U is for underwing (is it real?)
Vine borer moths are enjoying a meal.
Wasps can hurt us with their painful sting,
Xylodromus – there is such a thing.
Yellow spiders – are there any I’ve missed?
Zebra caterpillars round off my list.
Why don’t you have a go at playing the game yourself? It doesn’t have to be as hard a category as this one – you might pick birds, mammals, plants… the choice is endless! Have a look at some of the articles here in Nature Matters for inspiration!
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