Serendipity

Serendipity

A Poem by Norman223


Our Writing Group gave us a challenge this week,
To write about a "A Cat's Eye".
Just this solitary feline ocular.
Was all that they would specify
So I played around for about a minute,
 And sketched a plot with a blind cat in it
But abandoned this obvious mawkish mode.
And considered "cat's eyes'***  on a lonely road.

I'd apply this" derivation" to a horror compilation
With a tale of menace, darkness, doom and fear.
But thought I might be criticised, and told that I had plagiarised
An earlier ghostly story - which I'd written just  that year.

So I struggled with the subject from several different views,
But, feeling quite abandoned by my fickle fictional Muse.
Gave up -, but then was mentally spurred
To tackling the cryptic  Times crossword,
It used the word *Chalcedony* (a word I didn't know)
But I had  find it's meaning first, then twist it round, and so,
My search was single minded,and my dictionary  defined it
As "Quartz in a microcrystalline state
Also known as onyx and sometimes as agate".
I looked even further, and what did I spy?
It's popular name is - you've guessed it...... CAT'S EYE.

                                                 *pronounced  cal-sid-onny
                        ***reflective blocks delineating traffic lanes  


© 2016 Norman223



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I love noticing the bizarre relationships in life, especially when it comes to word play! Your pondering process, approaching this writing prompt, is like my own -- trying to find an unexpected meaning to differentiate my message from all the others that will be written in a similar vein. You always find a new & inventive way to present some ordinary aspect of writing. You also teach us about words, ideas, & how to make our writing more original! (((HUGS)))

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


It is a pleasure to read this write. This serendipity makes one feel blissful for a while.. The loved the way this poem is written.
As for A cat's eye, Indian astrologers do say a lot..( this stone or gem whatever it is called, drives out /absorbs the evil or ill effects of a shadow planet..)
Thank you for sharing this write...
Happy New year, Sir!

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Serendipity indeed Norman.
This splendidly woven tale reminded me of the poor sod who made up a crossword pre-D-Day.
Apparently the crossword contained no less than three (or was it four) codewords for D-Day. Omaha, Utah, Mulberry and Neptune (yeah it was four lol - thanks Google)
I love tales like this one.
It really makes us wonder...and in the wondering...who knows.

Happy 2017 Norman !!

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Norman223

2 Weeks Ago

Thanks Tony. Along with writing, I love compiling cryptic crosswords. "C" what I mean. You never.. read more
Tony Jordan

2 Weeks Ago

Why doesn't that surprise me.
Well our friend who accidentally wrote the D-Day codewords almo.. read more
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Gee
Very clever indeed. You are skilled in your art Norman, your vast experience not wasted here

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Norman223

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you Gee.. I understand that the Group Leader learned a new word from this. ( The biter bit)read more
what a smile this one is...

you are so clever, young Man!

thanks for this.

j.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Norman223

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you Jacob for your review, and particularly , your kindly reference to my "youthfulness". read more

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