NaPoWriMo, Day Nine

From NaPoWriMo, today’s prompt:

“Because today is the ninth day of NaPoWriMo, I’d like to challenge you to write a nine-line poem. Although the fourteen-line sonnet is often considered the “baseline” form of verse in English, Sir Edmund Spenser wrote The Faerie Queene using a nine-line form of his own devising, and poetry in other languages (French, most particularly) has always taken advantage of nine-line forms. You can find information of various ways of organizing rhyme schemes, meters, etcetera for nine-line works here. And of course, you can always eschew such conventions entirely, and opt to be a free-verse nine-line poet”

I think it came out rather short-sonnet-like,

Burying the Cat

Dark and many-browned, he was, as
the earth I gave him back to,
the soil warm, the leaves dry
despite recent rains.
This fragile, still thing,
nothing to speak or cry over,
left only to transform, to be
something else, more again.
Tears later, for the missing.


It was 2006 that Raz and his brother Archie came to live here. Eleven years went pretty quickly! Raz died today after a brief illness, so Molly and I are having a quiet evening. She’s sleeping off some catnip and I’m having a little wine and remembering the two bouncing kittens and Raz of the deep purr and long toes and whiskers.

Cats of Sunday

Swoop of cat whiskers
All of a Sunday Morning
Waiting for breakfast

For the Quote Box

Thanks go to @jamesvictore for this great quote (from his How to be Brave and Scared Shitless webinar):

We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing. — Charles Bukowski

Here’s the view here right now – in a few I’ll be off to wrangle fabric. Click for the Flickr Album!

cats and gnomes//

More Kitties

With a last minute arrival and inspection (from afar) by Molly

First sheet of kitties

Drawings of Cats – for Watercolor Class

Not very watercolorish – yet! Cat drawings which will soon become cat paintings. Click the photo below for Flickr album of class work.


There were no live cats visible at all in fact but they all returned the moment I got up to head off for the scanner… go figure. Maybe they figured I couldn’t afford their modeling fees.