October 16, 2017
As Halloween approaches and as part of our poetry series, we present a charming poem called "Bats" by Randall Jarrell. Bats, typically understood as spooky, nocturnal, cave-dwellers that sleep upside down is presented through a different lens: the relationship between a mother bat and her baby bat.
The poem describes the care of a newborn baby bat by its mother in wonderful and heartwarming detail. Through the personification of bats that reveals a side of bats that is rarely contemplated, the reader's entrenched and long-held view of bats changes.
My favorite line is the last, but I will not reveal it here. Read on. The poem is beautifully written with detailed imagery, with similarities and parallels that we can relate to and understand. This is one to share with the kids to reveal a non-spooky and beautiful side of bats this Halloween season. For our collective edification, we hereby present "Bats" for your family-reading enjoyment.
"Bats" by Randall Jarrell
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