Thursday, April 26, 2018


Notty Bumbo handed me 
a word to poemize: nictitating.
as in nictitating membrane, 

the translucent inner eyelids of cats
(from Latin nictare, to blink). 
I knew the word since childhood,
when my cat lost his eye in a catfight, 
love gone all wrong in the night.
I learned how to clean the hideous wound,
and was plagued with recurring nightmares.
But I always thought it was spelled
nicotating membrane, which also means 
I've been saying it wrong for decades,
and I wondered what nicotine 
had to do with caterwauling,
or the inner eyelids of cats, 
other than they were smoky 
as ghost topaz and burnt quartz.
The smoking after sex part

would escape my attention 
for several years to come.

first draft Nictitating membrane, the translucent inner eyelids of cats. (from Latin nictare, to blink). I knew the word, but not how to spell it. LOL. Guess I've never written it. I always thought it was nicotating membrane, and I always wondered what nicotine had to do with eyelids, other than both are smoky.
For today’s prompt, pick an intriguing and/or seldom-used word, make it the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. If you have a limited vocabulary, try out brabble, dandle, feracious, impavid, lippitude, or vulgus. Or pick up a dictionary or thesaurus

2018 April PAD Challenge: Day 25

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