Apr '15 30

The Beast. Photo by Robert Rath from Robert's website.

And so, the end is here. The final poem of the 30-poems-in-30-days madness. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment and provide feedback. You don't know how much I appreciated it; knowing you were somewhere with me on that lonely marathon track boosted my energy no end.

Today's poem is a bit Schrödinger-meets-T-S-Eliot. You can read about the Schrödinger's cat quantum mechanics thought experiment here and about Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T S Eliot here.

multiple miaows

Schrödinger's cat
has been let out of the bag;
photos of her
posted all over the internet;
quite the cat-about-town
double-slitty-kitty eyes
commanding your attention;
swish of a stringy tail
and twitch of a whisker
demanding that you
entangle with her;
you love and hate her
wonder who named her
observe her now
in her cute-pussy pose
to determine
her fate.
Here's looking at you, Kitty.
(So who's watching us?)

Posted by Jennifer Liston

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  1. Robert says:

    *Kitty Quantum meows again!! xo

    Well done an a fantastic month of profound prolific poetry!

  2. Jen says:

    *Thanks so much, my darling! Actually wouldn't Kitty Quantum be a great name for an animated feline physics educator?! xoxoxo

  3. gareth roi says:

    *Hey JenJen,

    Well done. I've read all your poems as they've come out (particularly intrigued by the mirror one, & liked the - sides to a line, the new scientist & hearing your heart one ... & the falling off the edge of the world one right at the start).

    it's hard to whip off a quick comment to yours as they come out cos of the way i read the blogs i follow (ie, wordpress app on my phone) but i wanted to say i particularly like it when you take a quirky idea & make it your own, i like your 'voice', & while the game poems are fun - they are more so when you bring them wholeheartedly under your wing, as it were :-)

    i also like seeing how writer's approach the same topic/idea as me ... & we had at least 3 overlaps this year - i have written poems on schrodinger, fibonacci & book titles. it was cool seeing yours. your fibo was more complicated & elegant than mine being syllables. mine was just the number of words haha.

    finally, it must be great having a partner who takes such brilliant photos to add to your poems - i always have to troll deviantart (which i enjoy), but robert's pics are so often tailor-made for your poems. well done, robert.

    finally finally, i'm up for that drink :-D

  4. Mike says:

    *Ah, the satisfaction of completing GoProMoFo again. Well done and a good one to finish with as well, brilliantly supported by a RR photo.

    Thanks for the encouragement and positive comments during the month. Wouldn't be fun doing it on my own.

  5. Jen says:

    *Glen, thanks so much for your great and detailed feedback; really appreciate your comments & observations. It's such an interesting exercise, isn't it? I think the nature of the poems reflect the level of inspiration (or lack) on that particular day. Maintaining a 30-day inspiration fest is probably impossible, or at least improbable.

    Now I'm going to re-read your Fib, Schrodinger & book titles. Fib & book titles are my 'go to' each NaPoWriMo on days that I'm not feeling the inspire!

    And yes, I'm lucky to be able to dip into Robert's body... of work that is! There is such a variety that there's always an image that mostly works with the poem.

    And finally, happy birthday for today! ;-)

  6. Jen says:

    *Thanks so much Mike. And thank you, too, for the comments & feedback & encouragement throughout the month. It's a lonely ole project made much more interesting by your support. That drink calls; see you later! ;-)

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