Black Heron

Black Heron - Paul Wheatley

To Remind Me of Something and Everything                                    (Inspiration from a video by Paul Wheatley)

Black Heron, Lake Kotu, Gambia

ingenious, those feathers, layered:

lifting and spreading as a closed

circle circle circle

covering completely

your bird body head to toe.

You disappear and we are left

with an umbrella; a black umbrella

held up by a beak and two legs

with your bright yellow claws

stepping a ballet

of claws and feather spread.


Telescoping, a tuft of feathers,

at your head, a half layer,

further indicating your unusual beauty

and your trajectory

as you move around the shallows.


Some say you are your own sunshade,

a canopy as you capture a meal;

a camouflage that captivates us.


No umbrella I open would ever be

as beautiful though I might paint

handles a bright yellow

to remind me of you.


Benita H. Kape (c) 12.3.2020



Dreams 14.4.2018 – NaPoWriMo 2018

Dreams Paradigm


The anguish and the impossibility

That ever, a ballerina, I would be.


The dreams were sweet and full of harmony

That by them, in some way, I would startlingly


Dance on from these dreams to the true theatre, celebrity:

Save myself from a mindless and wretched insanity.


The unreal dreaming of a pubescent girl at play.

Who, even in dreams, failed the arabesque and saute.


Such dreams faded. They’d had their place.

Other dreams came, often lacking dignity and grace.


And in quite unbelievable dreams there were seagulls

And water, and rowboat and sharks and skulls.


I longed for dreams that were a total breakaway

Inanimate as a table; a table I was about to lay –


And there as before, unbelievable. But this time,

Dreams sweet with confidence; dreams paradigm.


Benita Kape © 14.4.2018


And now for our prompt (optional, as always). Dream dictionaries have been around as long as people have had dreams. Interestingly, if you consult a few of them, they nearly always tend to have totally different things to say about specific objects or symbols. Dreams, unlike words themselves, don’t seem to be nicely definable! At any rate, today’s prompt is to write entries for an imaginary dream dictionary. Pick one (or more) of the following words, and write about what it means to dream of these things:




Ballet slipper


Wobbly table