We’re Catbombing the ACE Poetry Contest with Bodie ‘Cause One Cat Isn’t Enough
By Bodie, ACE Poetry Contest Mascot for Oakland International High School and past cat bombers Joycat, Graciecat and Sheba, with spelling help by Martha as cats just like to play with keyboards
We’re baack. That’s what I say. Me. Joycat.
And we love poetry. At least I do. That’s me. Sheba
Mostly I like hanging with my good friend Diane when she reads poetry, or whatever it is that she reads. Martha says Diane belongs to a book club, at least that’s what she tells me. Me. Graciecat.
And I love having cat buddies helping with the ACE Poetry Contest because it’s lonely being the only cat ACE Poetry Contest Mascot. The dogs, Max and Riley, are great, but I don’t like being outnumbered. Says me. Bodie
We all hope the poetry contests are going well. We hear a rumor that Alpha Public Schools may have some winning poems to share real soon, so we look forward to that. And all the other winning poems too.
Plus, This Thursday is Poem in Your Pocket Day. It’s the day to share your poems with friends, family, even strangers. I suspect the word “pocket” can mean anything nowadays – email, text, meme, TikTok post, however you want to share your poem. Even share with students and teachers in class, although ya gotta be six feet away.
Meooww. Joycat here. I hate being six feet away. No pets or tummy scratches.
As queen of Sheba cat, I like my distance, but it’s nice to hang close. Plus, we cats don’t have an issue with that pesky virus, so the distance rule doesn’t really apply to us. Just humans.
As I said, the hanging with human friends part is nice. Maybe that’s why I’m called Graciecat. I find great grace in humans.
Well, it’s now time to encourage everyone to read and write poetry as it’s needed a lot this year. As Bodie, contest mascot, let’s introduce our catteral poem. It’s about writing poetry …
Meooww again. Joycat butting in. Do you know that almost every great writer has written about cats? From ancient Greek and Roman poetry to classics by T.S. Eliot and Emily Dickinson to modern poets like Katie Peterson.
I’m waiting for Joy Harjo to write a cat poem. She writes about a lot of graceful things so maybe she’ll write about me, Graciecat.
No, no, about me, Sheba.
Okay, okay, cat team. We’re done getting catty. Let’s show off our catteral poem.
Poetry Writing Advice
By Bodie, Joycat, Sheba and Graciecat
Poems sneak up quiet and soft
On little cat feet
Not making any noise
But once they are invading your thoughts
It feels like whiskers
Sweeping your cheek
You have to pay attention and move fast
Catch the idea
With keyboard strokes
And when you’re done telling your tale
Reach out and pet
The cat that inspired