Monday, August 28, 2006

Poem Spark Aug. 28-Sept. 3 - Animal poems

Greetings fellow poets!

This morning as I checked my email, I was interrupted by the incessant meowing of my cat Sparkle nudging my legs and scratching at the cabinet. She does this every morning in the hopes that I will pet her. Or possibly she wants to be fed. Or maybe she just feels she deserves more attention than my computer, who knows? Her sister, Snow, is too haughty to beg that early in the morning and sat a few feet away, watching us contemptuously.

Idly, I wondered how many poems have been written with animals in mind, since so many of us share our lives with pets, and this, of course, made me think of the poem spark, since it is Monday. I thought that I would have to do a lot of searching for examples of poetry about animals, but in fact, I turned up far too many excellent poems to include in one little spark. I even found an interesting essay on the subject at Poems for Animals and Pets.

There seem to me to be so many different kinds of poems that that are about animals: poems about our pets, poems about wild animals, poems that speak with an animal's voice, poems that make a metaphor for some human experience using an animal. There are many more, too many to count. Here are this week's examples:

Ted Kooser An Epiphany

Jane Hirshfield Heat

Philip Levine Dog Poem

Mary TallMountain The Last Wolf

Jane Kenyon In the Nursing Home

Deborah Digges Darwin's Finches

William Carlos Williams Poem (As the cat)

This week's spark: write an animal poem. It may be about any animal, any experience. Be creative and have fun!


J. Andrew Lockhart said...

interesting idea!

Christine Klocek-Lim said...

Andrew, thanks for stopping by. :-)

ufukhati said...


A cat is sitting
by the pond
watching the fish.

-----by : dm ----

Christine Klocek-Lim said...

Darma, that's just lovely. :-)

{Minion} said...

Some good stuff on this site.
Thanks for sharing, and indeed promoting themes and ideas for others.

Shall come back often :)

dsnake1 said...

Hi christine!
your idea sparked me to write an animal poem, though what i wrote about might not be lovely. :)


Christine Klocek-Lim said...

minion, I'm glad you like it here. Thanks for stopping by!

dsnake, I'm pleased the spark worked for you. Lovely is not required. :-)