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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 10 Months 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 10 Months 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 10 Months Ago


Norman223

10 Months Ago

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

10 Months 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 10 Months Ago


Norman223

10 Months 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 10 Months Ago


Norman223

10 Months Ago

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

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