In my next life

In my next life I want to be a scallop
and watch you with 110 eyes

In my next life I want to be an octopus
to embrace you with eight arms

In my next life I want to be a hagfish
and love you with all four of my hearts

In my next life I want to be a sponge
to kiss you with all my mouths
– correction –
with all my orifices whose function is to ingest food

In my next life I want to be a crocodile
and bite you like you’ve never been bitten before

In my next life I want to be a sun fish
I’d produce three million eggs for you

In my next life I want to be a pistol shrimp
my snap almost as hot as the sun

But these things
don’t add up
because
I’m just a silly old cow
who can’t stomach you

You’re
A skunk
– blinding me
A hairy frog
– you’d break your own bones to create claws
A Texas horned lizard
– shooting blood and chemicals at me from a distance

I choke on your quills
move away
and wait
for my next life

I know I can save you

https://www.animalanswers.co.uk/animals/which-animal-has-the-largest-number-of-eyes/

http://www.sciencefocus.com/qa/top-10-which-animals-have-strongest-bite

https://www.animalanswers.co.uk/blog/whats-the-noisiest-animal-on-earth/

https://www.animalanswers.co.uk/blog/animal-self-defence-experts/

Today’s prompt was to write a poem that engages with a strange and fascinating fact. Some day during #NaPoWriMo I wrote this draft, and I figured it suits the prompt rather well. I’m too tired to invest in a final version though!

30 poems in 30 days… we’ve did it again. As usual National Poetry Writing Month has been an inspiration, fun, exhausting and full of wonderful connections.

A great big shoutout to my favourite #NaPoWriMo website and the people who invest so much energy in it. This is what is known about them (copied and pasted from the website):

“NaPoWriMo is owned and operated by Maureen Thorson, a poet living in Maine. She started writing a poem a day for the month of April back in 2003, posting the poems on her blog. When other people started writing poems for April, and posting them on their own blogs, Maureen linked to them. After a few years, so many people were doing NaPoWriMo that Maureen decided to launch an independent website for the project. This site was designed by the very nice people at 2the9design, who know waaaaayyyyy more about back-end coding stuff than Maureen does.  But this site isn’t meant to be “official,” or to indicate ownership or authority over the idea of writing 30 poems in April. There is no corporate sponsorship of this project. No money is intended to change hands anywhere. Maureen just likes poems and wants to encourage people to write them. The site doesn’t ask for your email address, or any other personal information. Heck, you don’t even have to give your name.”

Maureen, I hope you’re in as much awe of the beautiful effects your website sparks (creativity, world wide connections, personal growth, etc.) as I am!

In my next life

By Angela van Son

 

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4 thoughts on “In my next life

  1. Smitha V

    Clap…clap 🙂 As weird as it can get, you’ve closed NaPoWriMo with a thundering applause. I enjoyed reading your poems and your comments. Thanks Angela.

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  2. Dawn D

    Being the nerd that I am, I HAD to love this poem! (and checked out all the facts you posted alongside, so thank you for THAT!).

    This is a beautiful poem, Angela. Truly.
    Very profound too, underneath its seemingly light phrases. As you said a few times, I hope for you it is fiction. From a few poems you wrote, I can’t help but sense there is some truth to it though. Sending hugs!

    If Maureen reads this… know that I took part. I actually wrote more than 1 poem a day I believe. I want to thank you for creating this. I do write poems at other times, but I like bing ‘pushed’ into digging deep for my creative soul. I didn’t always follow the prompts as my days were not long enough to allow for so much time spent researching when it didn’t come to me quickly. Plus I had other things that weighed down on me that needed out. But I appreciate having something to guide me, push me, make me think, if I don’t have any idea. Thank you!

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