Daily Archives: April 9, 2013

NaPoWriMo: An Elegy

No, I didn’t forget about National Poetry Writing Month. It’s just that life in the tangible world has been demanding lately, and for a couple of days I wasn’t able to concentrate enough to write anything. (At all. Never mind attempting poems.)

Time to try again. NaPoWriMo offers a daily prompt suggesting form or subject or title or – well, who knows what they’ll come up with next? Anyway, the prompt for April 5 asked for a cinquain – a syllable-counting form giving a 2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 2 pattern over five lines. On April 6, they asked for a valediction; a farewell poem.

It’s always dangerous to turn novices loose on things like this. What I came up with is certainly a valediction, indeed an elegy, but it isn’t exactly a cinquain. While writing, I forgot just what the structure is supposed to be…and, well, this was the result.

An ElegyGraystonesWorld
for my mother’s cat

Old cat.
Not always old –
mighty hunter who brought
dead mice for She Who Opens Doors –
age stalking year by year
left you too tired
to breathe.