OctPoWriMo Thoughts

#OctPoWriMo Day 4- … and Other Strange Animals

I was introduced just this year to Gerald Durrell’s writings. I had never heard of him until my dear friend, Lizzi, sent me a trilogy of his books for my birthday. I was hooked. To be forthcoming, I still have not read books 2 or 3 of the set but the 1st one was so amazing I googled Durrell and discovered the television series and immediately had to binge watch it. The third season has already started and I’ve missed most of it but that’s alright. I’ll catch up when I have more free time, or order the series on blu-ray.

Anyway, I bring this up because he is the example for today’s prompt, which you can see comes almost straight from the title of his book, My Family and Other Animals. Durrell’s writing is amazing. It’s rich in imagery, and so sumptuous I felt as if I were at a feast, luscious and succulent with all the good things you can imagine. He uses personification and anthropomorphism profusely to describe his family and correlates them to the animals he discovers in his exploration of Corfu. It was so exquisite that I after I had read only a few chapters I sat down and wrote a poem about going on holiday to Corfu. It’s a lovely book and one I highly suggest adding to your reading list.

Back to today’s prompt. We are to use Durrell’s technique and write a poem about something human. There was a list of forms we could use, including free verse (or open form). I did the exact opposite. I used zoomorphism (not exactly the correct definition but the only one that exists for reverse anthropomorphism) to write about human objects and give them animal qualities, and, truthfully, the poem is one I wrote over the summer during one of my writing sessions with one of my accountability partners. But I feel it fits in with this prompt so well that I had to use it. Today, I’m not going to post a picture with this post because I want to see if you can figure out what it is I’m describing. And I’ll give you a clue:

Imagine you live centuries in the future and are walking through a museum and you come across this particular fossil and this poem is the description for it. Also, in this future water is not used for pleasure but is strictly conserved so that sea life is protected. What fossils do you think the future would see? Also, there’s a little nod to Jurassic Park at the end. 😉

Happy poeming, everyone!

<3 Jesi



By Jesi Scott


They lie in sand,

Beached whales unable to get back to water,

Left rotting in sun and wind;

Wooden bones scoured smooth,

Evaporated skin cracked and peeling,

Turning to dust when waving grasses

Lean in to kiss goodbye.


Inside the skeleton,

Organs left to disintegrate

But time and tide,

And the oddity of nature,

Left some preserved in petrified state,


Some left residing in hollows or under ribs,

Nautical relics left as attestation

Of when humans ruled the earth.



Jesi Kay
Jesi Kay, poet and aspiring novelist, was born in the Texas panhandle where wide skies, lazy summer days, and rolling thunderstorms sparked her imagination and left lasting memories in her blood. An early reader, poetry and mythology were her passions. So much so that when she was ten years old her step-father gave her his college mythology textbooks to read, which were full of classic poetry and more than enough tales to fill her romantic and inquisitive nature. Jesi loves reading, art, going to the theater, the romanticism of the Victorian era (but not the missing conveniences of indoor plumbing and central air conditioning), running when the heat and humidity cooperate, and cold weather so she can wear her favorite boots and knitwear. Also, she still has those college mythology textbooks, a little worse for wear over time but still intact and telling their stories to her. Jesi is a contributor at The Well Tempered Bards blog and at www.octpowrimo.com.

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