14 comments on “Poem of the Week – Chigger

  1. David, this is delightful! It reminds me of Ogden Nash’s brief poem about the fly: The Lord in His wisdom made the fly/And then forgot to tell us why
    Thanks for finding one good thing about chiggers!

    • Hi Jane!

      It’s always good to hear from you. I’m glad you enjoy my poem. I’ll accept Ogden Nash’s company any day.


  2. Your poem said it all. I am going to the woods today
    and I hope not to bring any strays home.
    can keep you scratching
    form spring until winter

    • Dear May Hall of Fame Poet,

      You do sound like the voice of experience. Arkansas and Missouri host most of the same irritating little critters so I wish you well on your hike.


    • Hi Laura!

      Thanks for coming by. I empathize with you. A mosquito bite leaves large welts on me. I wonder how many bites a person receives in a lifetime. Now there’s food for thought.


  3. I love your critter poems! 🙂 I am tutoring a young boy this summer in reading/writing, and I plan to use several of your books with him. I was wondering if you would be willing to send a reply letter back to him if we did an letter-writing activity in a few weeks. We could either mail the letter or email it. I was trying to find a local author & thought of you. 🙂 Thank you for your time in advance!

    • Dear Ranelle,

      I’m glad you are finding teachable moments in my book. I had high hopes, when writing about bugs and other small creeping things, that boys would be attracted to the poems. Thanks for letting me know.

      If your student writes me a letter or e-mail note, I’ll be happy to respond.


  4. A chigger is no bigger than the head of the tiniest pin. But the whelp that it raises itches like blazes, and that’s where the rub comes in.

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