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    Dramatic Monologue

    The Prince of Cats

    We glide into the night, my friends and I
    Indistinguishable from one another
    Our voices echoing off the night wind
    And each othersí faces
    We get buzzed
    The elixir of our manhood pillages my tongue
    Reaches into crevices and washes out
    The dregs of my psyche onto the night

    We talk
    The firelight of our conversation
    Flickers on the faces of my friends
    I am their reflected light
    The shine of oil and water
    On the street
    The moon on the fast-moving clouds
    The ping of headlights on the
    Fender of our car
    I glimmer and I'm gone

    Itís night and I am the Prince of Cats
    The road and I converge
    Our massive muscles writhing
    As we unfurl our sinuous tail
    Lashing across the wasted landscape
    The car careens
    What did I leave behind?
    Who did I escape?
    My lungs plummet into the absolute zero of space

    Dazed I look around
    Reach out
    Take
    I donít where I am
    But I know that Iíll be doing this again
    "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its' own reason for existing." ~ Albert Einstein
    "Remember, no matter where you go, there you are." Buckaroo Bonzai
    "Some people say I done alright for a girl." Melanie Safka

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    All are at the crossroads qimissung's Avatar
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    The above submitted poem is an example of a Dramatic Monologue, and is the chosen form for the current Form Poetry Contest, which can be found in the 'Poetry Games and Contest' section. "The Prince of Cats" is MY example-I think it's O.K. as a poem, but is only an average example of a Dramatic Monologue. I would like some feedback on it, but please be kind!

    I would also like to invite and challenge my fellow poets to enter the contest; it closes April 2. We have several excellent entrants at this point. There is more information and several examples of how to write this form in the thread. Be brave, accept the challenge! And thanks for your input...
    "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its' own reason for existing." ~ Albert Einstein
    "Remember, no matter where you go, there you are." Buckaroo Bonzai
    "Some people say I done alright for a girl." Melanie Safka

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    Whether it fully subscribes to the form or not, it's a very interesting instance of how a poet can work in some voice as different as possible from her usual one...

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    I thought it was breathtaking and stimulating. I'm no critic but it put me in mind of my ginger Tom who will get caught in the glare of the lights derive high excitement from the thrill of nearly losing one of his precious lives!

    thanks

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    Thank You, Prince. It's good and challenging to attempt to write in a different voice. It gives meaning to the idea of stretching and growing, which is not always comfortable.
    "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its' own reason for existing." ~ Albert Einstein
    "Remember, no matter where you go, there you are." Buckaroo Bonzai
    "Some people say I done alright for a girl." Melanie Safka

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    Thank You Delta; I like the image of your thrill-seeking cat (I have a thrill-seeking feline of my own ).
    "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its' own reason for existing." ~ Albert Einstein
    "Remember, no matter where you go, there you are." Buckaroo Bonzai
    "Some people say I done alright for a girl." Melanie Safka

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