Ach Nein! Nine Gnari† by Timothy Price 

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Ach Nein! Nine Gnari†

By Timothy Price, Monthly contributor

We enter the Age of Aquarius
Clawing at the cuffs of Heaven
Fluorine feline in the household
A clowder of kitties

Nove gatti
Fruits of the Spirit
Nine worthies, three of each 
But who can say which
Pagans, Christians, Jews?

All piled together
Naping nonagon de gnari
Like the symphonies of Beethoven
Each plays their way
Into our hearts

†I’m mixing three languages in the title: German, English, and Fula. Gnari is said to mean Cat in the Fula language, New Guinea. I’m assuming the «G» is silent.

The poem is all about Nine:

Nine is said to be lucky in Aquarius, and nine is believed to symbolize divine completeness. Fluorine is the atomic number nine, a clowder is a group of cats, and there are nine fruits of the Spirit. Jacques de Longuyon wrote “Voeux du Paon”, a popular 14th-century romance, where he introduced the “Nine Worthies”— three Pagans, three Christians, and three Jews: Hector, Alexander the Great, and Julius Caesar; King Arthur, Charlemagne, and Godfrey of Bouillon; Joshua, David, and Judas Maccabeus — who were historical, legendary and scriptural figures that characterized the ideals of chivalry in the Middle Ages. Anonagon is a nine-sided polygon, and Beethoven wrote nine symphonies. 

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  1. A lovely spirited poem of Nien Nine and your kitties clawing clowder who just need a lap and food no matter what a language, nationality or instrument they sing. Bravo Tim on a great poem! 💖

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  2. Ingrid dice:

    I like the charms wound through this poem!

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  3. jonicaggiano dice:

    You are so creative Tim. That photograph is adorable. I enjoyed the explanation too, thank you. A big congratulations, it is great to see you here, Yea!!!

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