As a leopard cannot change its spots
I cannot change, no matter what
I am that I am and was
Spotted past, I confess
Changeless and free
As I am
As part of Jilly’s October Casting Bricks Challenge, I have taken Vivian Zems’ challenge half-poem, “I Change Not,” and worked my poetic (ahem!) magic upon it. Okay, or madness… whatever! This is a Nonet, a 9-line poem that has 9 syllables in the first line, 8 syllables in the second line, 7 syllables in the third line, and continues to count down to one syllable in the final (ninth) line. Vivian’s lines are in bold; mine aren’t.
The musical selection is Tab Benoit and Jimmy Thackery cutting loose on that time-honored (Nobel Laureate) Bob Dylan classic, “Leopard-Skin, Pillbox Hat.” Enjoy!