just lion around

My new friend Seamus Kearney of Shameless Words has begun a writing circle.

Blah blah blah, happens every day right?

Uh huh. Did I mention there are lions?

The one and only Shameless Lions Writing Circle, in the words of Seamus, “aims to bring a lion’s prestige and pride to some lucky creative writing and books blogs.” Seamus selected 48 lions for adoption, and as I type this, 28 have been adopted, so if you’re a writer and/or avid reader and want to be involved, go here to see what this is all about.

In short, you’ll be able to choose, adopt, and name your lion, and then you will be invited to write a piece of poetry or prose inspired by him or her, maximum 48 words, to post on your blog. It’s a great way to connect to other writers and wordlovers, so even if you won’t be joining the circle, I do recommend checking out the participants’ lion-inspired verses.

And now, without further ado, I am pleased to introduce Leonardo:

You never believe me,
but fine.

He stopped,
squished his nose against the glass,
pulled back,
shook his mane,
and strutted away,
leaving me to wonder how his heart
ended up on his sleeve.Oh yeah?


Did to.


Then how do you explain that nose-shaped smear?



[tags]shameless lions’ writing circle, lions, poetry[/tags]

19 Beans of Wisdom to “just lion around”
  1. Shameless

    This is wonderful Sognatrice! πŸ™‚ Your lion looks right at home and your poem is great.

  2. Sharon

    I can’t say I like poetry but yours was just (w)ri(te)ght. Cute but not too cute.

  3. Sukanya Ramkumar

    That’s really excellent……So cute..

  4. jennifer

    I’ve missed reading your writing the last couple of days- thanks for returning, and for your poetry. I like Leonardo.

  5. Frances

    Leonardo is a sharp looking lion.
    What a great idea for a group activity, and what a job you did with the poem.
    I never would have thought of something so clever.

  6. Erin

    That is great! Love the lion, love the poem. What a cool idea. Have a great day!

  7. sognatrice

    Shameless, I’m so happy you approve! I think Leonardo will be very happy here just as soon as I work him into my sidebar. He feels a little temporary right now πŸ˜‰

    Sharon, thanks. To be honest, I don’t write poetry ever. But when we were hit with the 48 word limit, I wrote this out and then saw that it would work OK in poem form as well. Or at least I thought!

    Sukanya, glad you liked it!

    Jennifer, how wonderful to be missed! Leonardo likes you too πŸ˜‰

    Frances, thank you for your kind words; after I read some of the other wonderful, deep lion-inspired verse, I knew I couldn’t compete, so I had to keep mine pretty light πŸ˜‰

    Erin, thanks! As Leo is my new writing mascot, you’ll be seeing him in the sidebar soon πŸ™‚

  8. somepinkflowers

    you picked a grand lion!
    with that fine tail
    you sort of got
    i think.

    Poem-Perfect last line!

    who could argue with that proof?

  9. sognatrice

    Somepinkflowers, I rather enjoy Leo’s tail as well. Seamus has a great collection of lions, so I do recommend visiting all of them πŸ™‚

  10. Sara

    Ha ha ha! I love it.

    So what’s the story with the lions? They remind me of some traveling cows I met once, one of which currently grazes in a front yard right here in my town.

  11. sognatrice

    Sara, the lions are from The Lions of Lyon series by Seamus (Shameless). Those cows are really something; you’re very lucky to have one so near!

  12. Ally Bean

    I like this project and your lion-y words are perfect. What fun this whole idea is.

  13. sognatrice

    Ally, thanks! It’s been a lot of fun so far, and I can’t wait to see where we’re headed. I hope you’ve checked out the other lions πŸ™‚

  14. gautami tripathy

    THat was one good poem! Thanks to you, I adopted a lion(ess) too.

    Come meet her!

  15. sognatrice

    Gautami, I’m so happy you’ve joined the circle! She’s beautiful πŸ™‚

  16. Roary Lyon

    Hi, would you please pass this note along to Leonardo? I invite him to come visit me on my new blog, The Literary Lion of Lyon. He would probably recognize me from the blog’s title, but tell him Roary sent the invitation. Thanks.

    Roary ^..^

  17. sognatrice

    Roary, what a beautiful site! Signed, a very jealous Leonardo

  18. heartinsanfrancisco

    This is charming!

    Everyone has a heart-shaped smear somewhere, but few are brave enough to display it.

    Congratulations on your prize.

  19. sognatrice

    Thanks Heart! Leo is quite brave, isn’t he? I can’t wait until he spills his story….

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