It’s October, Poetry Friday friends.
Poet Irene Latham is on my mind this week. I hosted a stop on her THIS POEM IS A NEST blog tour, and even tried writing a nestling. You can read that post here.
It’s October first as I write this, and Irene + Octo = her wonderful book, Love, Agnes: Postcards from an Octopus.
I’ve been using a bullet journal (AKA bujo) for several years. I was feeling arty this morning and decided to fire up my watercolor markers and colored pencils to make an October page… an Octo(ber)pus page. (Thanks for the inspiration, Irene.)
However, I ran into some technical difficulties with my purple cephalopod. And the resulting Oops-topus doodle led me to a poem.
It’s a nonet. For reasons which shall become obvious.
By Laura Shovan
Dear Octopus, I drew you before
that first jolt of tea woke my brain.
It’s a challenge, keeping track
of all those wandering
tentacles! So, I
I started writing this poem on my morning walk, speaking the first line and a few other phrases into my phone. When I got home, I sat down and started to draft. My drafting page looks like this:
October is off to a silly start for me. I wonder what other Oops-topuses are hiding themselves where we least expect them.
Laura, your nonet put a big smile on my face. Thanks for sharing your process for writing it. I am excited about Irene’s new book and can’t wait to add it to my Irene Latham collection! Autumn is my favorite season and perfect for early morning walks! Have a great weekend!
Thanks for reading, Linda. I needed a silly poem this week too. You’ll love Irene’s book.
Ha! What a wonderful oops and poem from it. I often get lines on my walk. I send myself e-mails. LOL. It’s silly but it works.
I text myself! Walking is a good brain stretch — I love the ideas that come on walks.
🙂 🙂 🙂 This is delightful!! I love this combo of octopus and nonet. 🙂 I read an octopus joke the other day…How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh? Ten tickles (tentacles) 🙂 What’s also funny is that in my research I learned that an octopus doesn’t even have tentacles, but arms: tentacles have one sucker on the end of them and arms are lined with suckers. Thank you for sharing! xo
Oops, I oopsed again, Irene. Thanks for sharing this octopus fact. Thinking of octopus arms gives me the shudders, I admit.
But it’s such fun to draw those wiggly legs! You remind me of Barney Saltzberg’s “Beautiful Oops’, a favorite! Lately “it’s a challenge keeping track” of quite a few things. This is fun, Laura. Thanks for the smile!
True! The legs (arms?) are fun to draw. Yes, I was thinking of Barney’s book and how to take an oops and turn it into creative play.
What a fun and clever surprise… a nonopus! Haha. Love it.. Thanks for always giving wonderful writing encouragement.
Thanks, Karen! I was thinking this would make a fun or effective prompt for poets — write an apology poem to your mistake/your oops.
Wonderful word play, Laura! So you are still going strong with your bullet journal? That’s impressive! I am trying to keep up with a gratitude journal for all of 2020 and sometimes it’s a bit of a strain!
This is so fun! And I enjoyed being able to see how you go about drafting a poem. I like the idea of using graph paper as my handwriting is so all over the place that I often can’t read it afterwards!
I don’t usually use graph paper, Rebecca. But it worked out well for this poem and helped keep my nonet on track for syllables.
Hee-hee! Sometimes our mistakes make our poems even more “humerus” (though ‘no bones about it’, your purple cephalopod is a cutie). Thanks for the smile today, Laura. : )
Your comment tickled my funny bone, Bridget!
Oops-topus and Nono-pus, ah what fun, and all before tea… Love your nonet Laura and your octopus friend too, thanks!
Thanks, Michelle. The early morning walk helped get the words flowing.
Laura, I loved the peek into your process and notebook. There is so much fun in making oopses! Might there be more versions of Oops-topus? Have fun on your walks and creating your doodles.
Yes — honor the oops! Hmm. I like your idea of more oops-topuses. We’ll see.
I love your nonopus!
Thanks, Ruth. Better a nono-pus than a septo-pus, right?
Thanks for sharing the genesis of your nonopus poem. Delightful!
I’m glad you liked it, Molly.
HA! Your oops turned into a very fun poem! (I have a nonet this week, too!)
Thanks, Mary Lee. I needed a container for my poem this week. The form is fairly new to me.
So fun to see your process. I have to try the Nonet poem.
Thanks, Jone. I’m enjoying the form. This topic fit the form to a T … an O?