Poetry Friday – Growing Ears

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Hello and Happy Poetry Friday! I am back from a wonderful SCBWI conference down in Miami this past weekend. It was wonderful as always. I feel rejuvenated and excited to get to writing.

They also have a themed costume ball and this year it was “Adventures in Publishing” and we could dress like any adventure character. There were people dressed as the Man in the Yellow Hat from Curious George, to William Wallace, to Dora the Explorer. I’ll include a photo of my costume-can you guess which character I am? *Hint* The character is from an 80s adventure movie.

“Hey, you guys!!”

I had so much fun last week doing some “found haikus” that I decided to read another article and try again. This week I read about the mouse they used to grow a human ear back in the 90s. They would creat a biodegradable skeleton infused with cow cartilage and implant it in the mouse. Then the mouse’s circulatory system would feed the cow cells and the ear would grow.

These ears were never used for anything–it was all just practice, but it is incredibly amazing what they were able to do. The hope is that we could one day be able to regrow our own parts ourselves. I can’t help but feel bad for the poor mice though. That certainly does not sound like a fun existence.

1.
Vacanti Mouse
Kroenberg-style horror
Icon of science

2.
but some were concerned
genetic engineering
rumors and hoaxes

3.
complicated shapes
intended to be practice
humans grow their own

© Rebecca Herzog, 2020

12 thoughts on “Poetry Friday – Growing Ears

  1. Oh my, I love you in your costume but don’t know ‘who’ you are! Sorry! And your ‘find’ about growing ears, yikes. Yes, poor mice! I suspect there were many ‘rumors and hoaxes’! Glad you had fun both ways!

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  2. Chunk! What a fun blast from the past. Oh, your sense of play is marvelous. And, what a curious article to find. I’m doing a found haiku lesson with kids on Tuesday. Stay tuned!

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  3. I had no idea who you were – but I had read about those mice. I have used haiku-like stanzas to retell known stories, which is similar to what you’ve done with this factual account. An exercise in brevity and word control!

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  4. I don’t feel bad for not recognizing you since somehow I missed seeing the Goonies entirely. I had fun with the found haiku–You’ve inspired to go back and try some more. Now off to find some articles!

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