Slice of Life/SmallPoems Day 11 (plastic cat)

(I am participating in the March Slice of Life challenge via the Two Writing Teachers site.  Slice of Life is the idea of noticing the small moments. I have been a participant for many years and each year, I wonder if I will have the energy to write every day. This year, I am going to try to coincide it with my daily poetry writing, and intend to compose small poems on small moments. We’ll see how it goes …)

Day Eleven

it’s easy to misread
the street — at least
it happens to me when
the window’s wide open, this
world’s off-kilter rhyme
of visual sneak

what i thought
was a cat on padded
paws was not a cat
at all but a bag, discarded
white, with flapping
plastic feet

i followed this cat
home, picked it up
and became a poem,
another quiet day recycled
into fingered words
i can’t speak

Peace (looking),

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    • I try to see something in the day that catches my attention — like the bag floating down the street — but not giving any context to the poems is sort of strange, too, (my own set limits on posts this month — only poems) and so I often wonder if readers will know what it is that caught my attention. The poems, I write each morning. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

  1. I enjoyed this line, and the poem overall. “this
    world’s off-kilter rhyme
    of visual sneak”
    re: your comment above. I am not sure if it matters that we know it was a bag exactly… it is like the “words I cant speak” 😉

  2. I love that the ordinary plastic bag became the inspiration for this wonderful poem! Have you done this with your students?


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