National Poetry Month, day 9: Tigers!

Minimalism is sometimes best, as the world learned four years ago when a poem by a then-six-year-old took the Internet by storm. Behold this bit of poetic genius:

“The Tiger”, by a kid named Nael

The tiger
He destroyed his cage
The tiger is out

That’s even more minimalist than a haiku. Nicely done, Nael! The poem has narrative, and it conveys real emotion just by choosing words precisely (“He destroyed his cage”, rather than “He got out” or “He broke free“), and our narrator’s excitement just by changing case and capitalizing that second “YES”.

Nael is a poet for our times, I tell you what. He’s probably ten now. I hope he writes more.


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