Mortimer’s Minute Blog Hop by Freeda Baker Nichols

Mortimer’s Minute Blog Hop has been doing the poetry rounds for a little while now. The former International Christian Poet Laureate and regular contributor to Poetry Friday, Violet Nesdoly brought Mortimer to Canada. Catherine, my lovely friend, has sent him to me. And she requested a knit hat for him.

I’m bringing Mortimer down south, but I don’t knit, so I can’t knit a hat, but he won’t need one down here in our beautiful climate. Why just the warmth of our words and the tall grasses on our farm, here in the mountains, will keep him warm and happy.

Mortimer: Where do rabbits stay in daytime?

Why–they stay in rabbit burrows in the good earth. They are safe. Not one cat knows where to find them.

Mortimer: Do you like books about rabbits?

Of course, I do.  And I love poetry about rabbits.  I will try to write a rabbit poem.  Maybe you will like it.

Mortimer:  Who are some of your favorite storybook rabbits?

The Velveteen Rabbit, for sure.  And none other but that old, old favorite, Peter Rabbit.

English: Cover of The Velveteen Rabbit.

English: Cover of The Velveteen Rabbit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Rabbit

When the sun went away
a rabbit came to play.
At night, he hopped around
and did not make a sound.
His eyes were pink and bright–
they shone into the night.
He saw the moon arise
to sail across the skies.
He ate all of his greens
and his carrots and beans.
He hopped back home to rest
in his snug, little nest.

Thanks so much, Mortimer, Violet and Catherine.

Here’s how the blog hop works: Here’s How-to-Hop, “Mortimer Minute” style! •  Answer 3 questions. Pick one question from the previous Hopper. Add two of your own. Keep it short, please! This is a Blog Hop, not a Blog Long Jump. This is The Mortimer Minute—not The Mortimer Millennium! •  Invite friends. Invite 1-2 bloggers who love children’s poetry to follow you. They can be writers, teachers, librarians, or just-plain-old-poetry-lovers. •  Say thank you. In your own post, link to The Previous Hopper. Then keep The Mortimer Minute going: let us know who your Hoppers are and when they plan to post their own Mortimer Minute.