National Poetry Writing Month 2017, Day 9

My ninth poem for National Poetry Writing Month uses the prompt from Napowrimo.net—to write a nine-line poem. To further add to the intrigue, each line incorporates some kind of reference to nine. 

Nine times nine

’Twas a nonet birthed the cool
nine years later, it got kind of blue
turning the atmosphere placid, as if on cue

The coolest of cats
Sagittarius soon entered
invoking earth, wind, and fire

to get in good with the muses
dancing in September (say, do you remember?)
with the moon in Jupiter’s house

(9 April 2017)

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2 thoughts on “National Poetry Writing Month 2017, Day 9

  1. Those references, since not all of them may be obvious:

    1. A nonet is a nine-piece group of musicians. (Also, the first of the Birth of the Cool sessions took place in 1949.)
    2. The one obvious reference, stated outright. (Also, Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue was released in 1959.)
    3. Cue is a homonym for kyuu (九), which is 9 in Japanese.
    4. Cats have nine lives.
    5. Sagittarius is the ninth sign of the zodiac.
    6. Earth, Wind & Fire in its heyday had nine members.
    7. In Greek mythology, there are nine Muses.
    8. September, despite its name, is the ninth month of the year.
    9. In astrology, Jupiter rules the ninth house.

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