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Day 29 of NaPoWriMo 2020

(Photo by Aashish Vaidya)


Infamy is an elephant
It trumpets disharmony –
It is de-tusked –
Lo, all it does is lumber around.


Notes:  Day 29 of NaPoWriMo 2020.  I suppose elephants are no pets, so this may be off-prompt.  I was stuck today as I have never had a pet, nor have one and will not have one and in anticipation of a busy day ahead tomorrow.  But, then I remember a 2013 prompt that asked you to write an “opposite poem”.  So I picked this Emily Dickinson poem:

Fame is a bee.
It has a song—
It has a sting—
Ah, too, it has a wing.
I liked where I ended up with my attempt (for now, at least).

The prompt for today is:

“…to write a paean to the stalwart hero of your household: your pet. Sing high your praises and tell the tale of Kitty McFluffleface’s ascension of Mt. Couch. Let us hear how your intrepid doggo bravely answers the call to adventure whenever the leash jingles.

If you don’t have a pet, perhaps you know one or remember one who deserves to be immortalized in verse. For inspiration, I direct you to a selection from an 18th-century poem by Christopher Smart, Jubilate Agno, in which the poet’s praise for his cat ranges from “For he is docile and can learn certain things” all the way up to “For he counteracts the powers of darkness by his electrical skin and glaring eyes.” Personally, I’m lucky if my cat doesn’t just sleep the day away, but I find her pretty delightful all the same.”

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