Wednesday, March 7, 2018

SOL 7/31

Lulu

Is it food or love?
2:00 in the morning
nudged awake by her incessant and insistent meow
Is she protesting the empty food bowl?

2:00 in the morning
offering my chest for her to lie on
Is she protesting the empty food bowl?
her nightly session of vigorous petting

offering my chest for her to lie on
I pretend not to hear
her nightly session of vigorous petting
walking up and down the length of the bed

I pretend not to hear
Then she settles in
walking up and down the length of the bed
dissolves in a steady hum of purring

Then she settles in
nudged awake by her incessant and insistent meow
dissolves in a steady hum of purring
Is it food or love?

4 comments:

  1. Wow. That's all I can say. Wow. Your link on Two Writing Teachers made me laugh out loud--I've never once been inspired to write a pantoum after my cats wake me up! So I had to come over and see. And wow. This looks like a really hard form to manage, and you've made it look so easy and natural. I love the "incessant and insistent meow" especially.

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    1. Thanks! I do this with my 3rd graders sometimes in a way that's not hard to manage. First, we free write a few paragraphs about a topic. Next, we highlight and number 10 phrases of varying lengths. Then, all that's left is to plug the numbered phrases into the pantoum format.

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  3. Elisabeth sent me here, and I'm sorry I missed this earlier. What a format! Don't say it's not hard. I'm impressed that you are doing this with 3rd graders. Love the "incessant and insistent meow."

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