Tabby Reposed

According to Amy Lowell, one of the founders of the Imagist movement in poetry in the early years of the 20th century, imagist poems should observe seven rules:

1. Use language of common speech
2. Avoid clichés
3. Create new rhythms to express new moods
4. Absolute freedom of subject
5. Create concrete, firm images
6. Strive for concentration as essence of poetry
7. Suggest rather than state

Often, I, imperfectly, write an imagist poem to simply keep my writer’s blood flowing. They’re quick to pen. As busy as I get, I often find it difficult to tend to my novel, but I need to write. These short poems help me do just that, keep me writing. Then, when I have time to work on my novel, as I said, my writing blood is already flowing.

Tabby Reposed

Tending to its nap,
the orange tabby reposed
on the window’s ledge

is confident the mouse
that scuttles through
the spring grass

will sleep well
pierced by the fangs
of the viper coiled

on the brown stone
under the noon sun,
resting, resting, resting.


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “I’d Like to Thank My Cats.”


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