This Photo Wants to Be a Poem: Slice of Life #sol21 10/31

Each Wednesday, Margaret at Reflections on the Teche shares a photo that inspires a “small poem.” I love photos, and I love small poems, so I’ve been saving this idea for a Wednesday slice. To add an extra challenge, I closed my eyes, scrolled through my camera roll, and committed to writing a poem about whatever photo my finger landed on. Of course given the number of cats on my camera roll, there was a very good chance it would be a cat. And so it was. It was not the most flattering photo, so I included a few more that highlight Oliver’s particular charm. The subject himself was stretched out in my lap while I wrote a poem about him–purring nonstop.

orange-striped, pear-shaped,
kangaroo-legged, pencil-tailed
persistently purrs

19 responses to “This Photo Wants to Be a Poem: Slice of Life #sol21 10/31”

  1. Purrfect (I could not stop myself) haiku for a perfect kitty. I’m so glad Oliver won the finger lottery!

  2. The mixture of a picture and a poem is perfect. (I had to resist the urge to purr.) Oliver is fabulous and I’m glad you included more pic of his to get his full purrsonality. (sorry, couldn’t help it)

  3. Oh, Oliver!
    Lap happy
    Leg stretchy
    Sun sleepy
    Long looking

    I love cat pictures. (I bet you could do a series of pictures where he spells his own name in the various ways he sits/lays.)

  4. I love all your hyphenated words, like kangaroo-legged. What are these kinds of words called? Thanks for pinging back to my post.

  5. This is a second cat photo post I read today. I needed them. I can’t choose a favourite from your collection, all are so interesting.

  6. He really is pear-shaped! I loved the haiku with all the hyphenated words and the alliteration of “persistently purring” and the assonance (unless I mean consonance?) of the repeated rrr rrr sounds is just perfect for the subject!

  7. I also realized something unusual. In your poem, and in many people’s spoken dialogue, “orange” is a two syllable word. (or-ange) But I am a 5th generation Californian from the orange growing part of the state, and where I am from “orange” definitely and unquestioningly a one syllable word (more like “ornj”). I wonder if that is a West Coast dialectical difference, or specific to Southern California. Or if I have just been mispronouncing orange my entire life and no one thought to mention it?

    • LOL, I was thinking about how many syllables orange has. When my Southern mom says it, maybe three?? I can’t quite get it into one when I say it, so I decided I was comfortable with two! But I know many people for whom orange is a one-syllable word. I decided not to look it up to verify because I didn’t want to think of another word!!

      • In my experience, most words, when pronounced by Southerners, have at least three syllables in them. I’m down with pneumonia, so when I have saved up enough energy I will pull out the dictionary and see what it has to say. It just caught me off guard, because it always was just one of those things you know: “Nothing rhymes with orange, and it is one syllable.” Hahaha!

  8. A perfect small poem for a mid-week, mid-month slice of life, Elisabeth. I adore how you highlight the genius in other writers and honor their work trying out something they have inspired you with. It’s a ripple effect. Now, here I am, inspired by your short poem from a photo and will be giving this a go on my own. I’ll park the strategy on a notecard and share it with others when the opportunity arrives. 🙂

    • This post is gorgeous (your words, how you put this together, AND Oliver), Elisabeth! This reminds me to visit Margaret’s post – I love the idea of this.

  9. Love this! It’s funny because i often add photos to my poems, but don’t often write poems from my photos. I might have to do that for this week’s SOL/Poetry Friday cross post. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Haiku is the purrfect poem form for cat poetry. There is nothing like the cat’s humming motor to ease the mind.

  11. Cat photos!!! But also, the poem you’ve written is wonderful—I especially love the metaphor “pencil-tailed.” Thanks for the great post!

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