who walks by herself,
at the spring sun
stroking my fur,
while my human
peers from a prison
longing for a friendly hug,
a shared coffee and conversation.
In the meantime, we’ve had to ration
cat food until the next delivery.
We’ll be OK,
Kim M. Russell, 6th April 2020
My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads NaPoWriMo Day 6 Play it Again in April 2020: Speaking in the Voice of Another. Also linked on 15th May 2020 to earthweal open link weekend #20
In her prompt of 6th April 2018, Sherry took us back to feudal times in China, when girls and women were oppressed, often living in isolation, and women in the Hunan province developed a secret language of female writing called nu shu. A young girl was matched with a lifelong best friend, or soul sister, called her laotang, with whom she communicated by letters, sometimes inscribed on fans.
The exercise was to write a poem in the voice of another: the voice of a woman living in feudal times, addressing her laotang, or from the point of view of any living creature.
I’m merging this prompt with Kerry’s Skylover Wordlist, sourced from Dylan Thomas’s poetry collection Deaths and Entrances, from which the sixth word is ‘others’.