Spotted, Here and There

Leopard Sleeping

Leopard Sleeping In a Tree – Pinterest


As a leopard cannot change its spots

I cannot change, no matter what

I am that I am and was

Spotted past, I confess

Wild(cat) history

Changeless and free

As I am

Will be




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!

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