Fandango’s One Word Challenge (17 September 2020)

The cat looks very introspective,
Reviewing life from her perspective,
From time to time I hear her sighs,
And then I see her close her eyes.

Dreaming no doubt of mice, she lies content,
her energy drained her gusto spent,
It causes unnecessary trouble and strife,
When you try to discover the meaning of life.

for Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC), introspective.


      • T. S. Eliot unravels the mystery in the Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats :

        The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
        It isn’t just one of your holiday games;
        You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter
        When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
        First of all, there’s the name that the family use daily,
        Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
        Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey–
        All of them sensible everyday names.
        There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
        Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
        Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter–
        But all of them sensible everyday names.
        But I tell you, a cat needs a name that’s particular,
        A name that’s peculiar, and more dignified,
        Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
        Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
        Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
        Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
        Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
        Names that never belong to more than one cat.
        But above and beyond there’s still one name left over,
        And that is the name that you never will guess;
        The name that no human research can discover-
        But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
        When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
        The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
        His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
        Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
        His ineffable effable
        Deep and inscrutable singular Name.


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    • I decided to try it and discovered it was fun, so you might find the same, if you ever try. I also find it tends to be more popular than my prose posts because (i) it is shorter (never a bad thing!), and (ii) it is generally inoffensive material like cats. I suppose (iii) if I want to make a serious point, if can be far more entertaining in a poem, provided I do the actual poetry well. I tried to parody the UK govt’s response to covid in a poem, but I’m not sure how well it came across.

      I’m still very much a novice but I like what I’ve found so far.

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