The Little Brown Bat
By Edith Matilda Thomas (1854-1925)
Quoth the little brown bat:
"I rise with the owl –
Wisest and best of the feathered fowl;
Let other folks rise, if they will, with the lark, And be early and bright – I am early and dark!"
"I'm awake and up,
When the night-moth sips from the lily's white cup; While the firefly lanterns are searching the sky, I am glancing about, with fiery eye!"
"The night has its noon
As well as its day – and I'm friends with the moon. Many a secret she tells me alone,
Which never a bird or a bee has known!"
"There is house-room for me,
When the winter comes, in some hollow tree; Or under barn eaves, near the fragrant hay, I sleep the dull winter hours away.