Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Thank you Beth, for the prompt,” avatar”.
The Sanskrit noun avatāra is derived from the verbal root tṝ "to cross over", joined with the prefix ava "off , away , down".


“If you could be any animal
what would you be?”

I thought about it
carefully considered
my options
I knew
the right answer
what she wanted me to say:

if I said lion
it would be a shoe in

I spoke plainly
through my throat:

she looked injured,
why a dolphin?

I said.


Amity said...

You made me smile in your avatar interpretation? why a dolphin and not a lion?

does it mean of your character?

btw, it's a nice avatar interview... :)

the walking man said...

I could go with aqua living mammal, though I would choose a sperm whale. To big to be put on the screen and when on radar I'd loo like a big boat.

Poetikat said...

I love this - especially the ending. Really nice, Gabrielle.


Aayushi Mehta said...

:) Loved the idea!

anthonynorth said...

Now that's a great ending. Loved it.

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Loch Rob said...

Interesting thoughts regarding what animal we would be. After thinking, I am not sure. The three dimensional world of the ocean does sound nice.

gabrielle said...

This poem was inspired by an actual job interview I had near the beginning of my career. I was applying to lead the nursing department of a home health service. This question was posed towards the end of the interview. By that time, I had gotten a sense that the company was interested in a top down approach. My style is much more collaborative. It brought to mind the playful fluid social groupings of cetaceans.

Cloudia said...

Oh the water!

Aloha from Hawaii my Friend

Comfort Spiral

Patti said...

I like your interpretation of this prompt! It's fun to veer away from what is expected...

SandyCarlson said...

Yeah. We choke on our dreams sometimes. What do we want for ourselves, what do we think others want from us? Wow.

Tammie Lee said...

i love this
how wonderful to be brave enough to honor our truth