I'm going nonfiction with my entry this year. And of course, poetic. (Because I can't help it.)
Mallard swims and braves the weather
in a raincoat made of feather.
Feather? What a silly coat!
Can it really help him float?
What do you see?
Tiny branching barbs and hooks
offer more than handsome looks--
trapping heat and blocking wet.
…How much closer can you get?