Category Archives: Animalia

Sweet Bella

Bella went to heaven today. Now her worry wrinkles will unfold. She will take well-earned peaceful naps and  wake the angels with her snoring. She will bow down and wiggle her butt in the universal “let’s play” gesture, And other … Continue reading

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Day Six: Ekphrasis

Day Six of NaPoWriMo.* Today’s prompt asks us to “write a poem from the point of view of one person/animal/thing from Hieronymous Bosch’s famous (and famously bizarre) triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights.” I used a different painting, Franz Marc’s … Continue reading

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Corvid

You perch in silhouette on overhead power lines, a black bird cutout from the gray-mottled clouds. I’ve read that you recognize faces, and can distinguish the friendly from the ill-willed. I’ve read that you can even pass that specific discernment … Continue reading

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Lost and Found

The spider works quickly to get the larger insect wrapped within its web. The insect doesn’t struggle; it may be dead. But the web is in tatters and shakes violently every time the spider moves. I watch the action, hoping … Continue reading

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Spring Awakes

Day 25 of NaPoWriMo. Today’s Prompt: Taking a cue from John Keats’ poem, “To Autumn,” write a poem that (a.) is specific to a season; (b.) uses imagery that relates to all five senses; (c.) includes a rhetorical question, like … Continue reading

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The Way of the Whale

NaPoWriMo, Day 23. The prompt: Write a poem about an animal. Tell me again about the whales, Great-gran; did you ever see one? Yes, child, I have seen them, but only from afar. Even at a great distance, it must … Continue reading

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Seasons in Glass

NaPoWriMo, Day 22. The prompt: Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that engages with another art form – it might be about a friend of yours who paints or sculpts, your high school struggles with learning … Continue reading

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