NaPoWriMo: Online With 9

09 Apr

That was close. For a while I thought I would not only go poemless, but without a post as a result. You know those days: five different prompts and the brain says, Enh! I love Miz Q’s prompt; piece of cake, I thought. Mmhmm. Joseph’s gave me a great idea, if I began yesterday. I said ‘Woe!’ to Cati Porter, editor of the journal Poemeleon, in response to a comment by her on Facebook. Her reply: Here is your task: Go write an ekphrastic sestina inspired by Picasso’s “Lobster & Cat”. Or, a haiku!

Blue spined and black furred
Picasso’s Lobster and Cat:
En garde! Claws unsheath.

Not my favourite work, but the episode made me laugh and I have a poem.



Posted by on 09/04/2013 in exercises, poetry, writing


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24 responses to “NaPoWriMo: Online With 9

  1. Stan Ski

    09/04/2013 at 2:12 pm

    That would be some battle!

    • margo roby

      10/04/2013 at 9:53 am

      Can you see it, Stan!? I sat for a while deciding who has the odds :-).

  2. julespaige

    09/04/2013 at 3:12 pm

    I’ve heard of blue crabs…but a blue lobster?

    Thanks for sharing the painting and the poem! Yeah you made it to day 9!!!

    I’m not sure where the shape idea came from for my piece, but I think it fit with the idea being in a world wind and finally settling down. Thanks for your visit.

  3. Pamela

    09/04/2013 at 4:13 pm

    Blue lobsters? Well, leave it to Picasso. If memory serves me right, he was the artist who saved his nail clippings in a jar. Good imagery there, Margo.


    • margo roby

      10/04/2013 at 9:54 am

      Ick, Pamela, ick! However, he was a mite strange :-).


      • Pamela

        10/04/2013 at 12:08 pm

        Ha ha ha! Superstition or insanity? You decide. 😉

        • margo roby

          10/04/2013 at 12:18 pm

          Let’s say genius and that can encompass both!

  4. Hannah Gosselin

    09/04/2013 at 4:40 pm

    I do know those days! 🙂 This one is fun!

    • margo roby

      10/04/2013 at 9:55 am

      Thanks, Hannah. I may just go on Facebook each day and throw myself on someone’s mercy!

      • Hannah Gosselin

        10/04/2013 at 11:19 am

        Oh, yeah facebook!! I haven’t been there in over a week! Uh-oh…it’s going to be trouble. 😉

        • margo roby

          10/04/2013 at 11:21 am

          I’m so feeling like a mad chicken racing around that I make myself close tabs and then allow visits. May is going to be so calm.

          • Hannah Gosselin

            10/04/2013 at 11:23 am

            I hope so!! I feel the “mad-chicken,” vibe here too…things got crazy! 🙂 Cheers to the peace and calm of May flowering!

  5. Doug

    09/04/2013 at 6:31 pm

    Wow, I so glad you didn’t come down with that ekphrastic sestina and I like your haiku too.

    • margo roby

      10/04/2013 at 9:55 am

      Doug, I may laugh throughout the day at your comment.

  6. Elizabeth

    09/04/2013 at 10:03 pm

    Isn’t it nice to surprise yourself and really enjoy the surprise? Love the painting and your words,


    • margo roby

      10/04/2013 at 9:56 am

      Thank you, Elizabeth. I almost ‘called’.


  7. Quickly

    09/04/2013 at 10:18 pm

    sestina? ugh.

    • margo roby

      10/04/2013 at 9:56 am

      Thank God she gave me an out, Barbara.

  8. Mr. Walker

    10/04/2013 at 10:03 pm

    Margo, great image – and your poem does it justice. I love the contrast between the tail of the cat and the tail of the lobster. Love that last line, the lobster claws always out, but the cat claws have to be unsheathed.


    • margo roby

      10/04/2013 at 11:20 pm

      I hadn’t seen the painting before and am grateful to cati for, on a whim, giving me this as a prompt. It’s a great image isn’t it!



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