Today’s new word:
cathect vt. to invest with mental or emotional energy
Write something that involves a story or action that unfolds over an appreciable length of time.
Write an animal poem. The poem could be about an animal. Or it could just mention an animal in passing. Or include an animal in your title and fail to mention the animal once in your poem.
Call of the King Fisher
Surrounded by tall fir and cedar,
wizened rhododendron and cherry plum
She chooses a plastic pole (for securing a boat)
Perched atop, only room for one
Squat, blue and white, protruding needle
Her song, unique among the chatter,
cathected call commands my attention
She used to fly off when I came to the window
Day after day
The pole closer to the house
Not the other one
Year after year
Beak parallel to the windows
Not pointing in at me
This spring there is another
They chase each other
flirting through the skies
The farther pole stays vacant
Today’s poetry book for inspiration is Wade in the Water: Poems by Tracy K. Smith.