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Bat Poems

Bat Poems compiled by Deb Smith

Bats Flying in Sky Those Bats

They come in many colors,
Flying through the nighttime air.
They use sonar to guide their way,
Those bats are everywhere!
They eat so many little bugs,
The farmers love them so.
But when the daylight comes along,
Do you know where they go?

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Amazing Bats

Amazing bats like to eat----
Thousands of bugs for a tasty treat.
Flying through the moonlit air----
Traveling here and traveling there.
Hibernating when the weather's cold,
Gathered with hundreds of friends, I'm told.
Many bats are endangered, I'm sad to say---
There are fewer and fewer bats every day.
Be kind to bats, that's the thing to do--
Tell your friends and your family too!

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Bats

Flying, flying in the sky,
Bats are neat, I'll tell you why.
Flying foxes are the tallest,
Bumblebee bats are the smallest.
Bats are yellow, red, and brown,
Bats sleep hanging upside-down.
Some eat bugs and some eat fruit,
Some look mean and some look cute.
Flying, flying in the sky,
Bats are neat, now you know why!

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Brown Bat's Beetles
tune(London Bridge)

Old brown bat is out tonight,
Flying high, in the sky
Old brown bat is flying by
With a----------Beetle!

Old brown bat is catching more,
More that four----bugs galore!
Old brown bat is keeping score
Of his ----------beetles!

Old brown bat has gulped a heep,
Now it's time for him to sleep.
I don't think that he'll count sheep
Just more-------beetles!

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Little Bat

Small and furry,
little bat
fly through the sky at night.

Listen' listen
little bat
as echoes guide your flight.

Swoop and dive,
little bat
catch insects as you fly

Hurry, hurry
little bat
back to your cave nearby.

Snug and warm
little bat,
toes hold the ceiling tight.

Sleepy, sleepy
little bat
wrapped in your wings until night

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Bats
by Brenda Dahl

Are all bats hairy, scary things
Rushing by on muffled wings,
Out in caves into the night,
On some silent secret flight?

I think not! I think they're great!
No matter size or shape or weight.
From radio waves to airplane wings,
Bats can teach me many things.

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The Bat
By Frank Jacobs

Bats are creepy; bats are scary;
Bats do not seem sanitary;
Bats in dismal caves keep cozy;
Bats remind us of Lugosi;
Bats have webby wings thatfold up;
Bats from ceilings hang down rolled up;
Bats when flying undismayed are;
Bats are careful; bats use radar;
Bats at nighttime at their best are;
Bats by Batman unimpressed are!

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The Bat
by Theodore Roethke

By day the bat is cousin to the mouse.
He likes the attic of an aging house.

His fingers make a hat about his head.
His pulse beat so slow we think him dead.

He loops in crazy figures half the night.
Among the trees that face the corner light.

But when he brushes up against a screen,
Weare afraid of what our eyes have seen:

For something is amiss or out of place
When mice with wings can wear a human face.


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