Origin Stories – Gloria Parker

Origin Stories for May
    by Gloria Parker

    You bring her home, give her a bell and collar--
    a litter box—a name you think she’ll answer to.

    For your amusement, the stripy little wildcat 
    stalks the rooms of your house under its aging
    roof, till one day—maybe she’s at a window,

    licking a paw, when her whiskers twitch and her 
    ears prick up at a signal you don’t receive.

    It happens all the time, but this time, you notice—
    fall out of your version of how the world operates.

    Of course, the moment passes.She curls up 
    in a splash of sunlight for a nap and you go back 
    to your beer and Sports Illustrated.

    But later, in an otherwise fuzzy afternoon, the sky 
    darkens, the wind rattles the windows, and you 
    remember what had occurred to you then—

    that the roof could cave in anytime and only she 
    would know to run like hell before it did. 

    Originally published in the journal Nimrod in 2014.

Origin Stories – Pet

I’d been reading an article about the tsunami of 2004, which mentioned that many animals had headed for higher ground before the disaster hit;  that some animals hear infrasound waves…waves that are below the lower limit of human audibility. I looked up to see my sleeping cat’s ears rotate toward something I’ll never know. That’s where this poem began.

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Previous Origin Stories

April 1 – Wanda Praisner

April 2 – Howard Lieberman

April 3 – L. Shapley Bassen

April 4 – Sharon Scholl

April 5 – Stellasue Lee

April 6 – Jeanne DeLarm

April 7 – Virginia Smith

April 8 – Patricia Ware

April 9 – Mary Makofske

April 10 – Ann Wallace

April 11 – Jessica Purdy

April 12 – Lakshman Bulusu

April 13 – Kim Malinowski

April 14 – Anita Pulier

April 15 – Martha Bordwell

April 16 – Anastasia Walker

April 17 – Annette Sisson

April 18 – Shaheen Dil

April 19 – Claudia Reder

April 20 – Cathy Thwing

April 21 – Sarah Snyder

April 22 – Susan Barry-Schultz

April 23 – Laurie Kuntz

April 24 – Maryann Hurtt

April 25 – Yvonne Zipter

April 26 – Jess Parker

April 27thKelly Sargent

April 28thRobbi Nester

April 29thLaurie Rosen

April 30thJames Penha

May 1stOisin Breen

May 2ndJennifer Shomburg Kanke

May 3rdKaren Paul Holmes

May 4thJudy Kronenfeld

May 5thJulie Weiss

May 6thNancy Botkin

May 7thJonathan Yungkans

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