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Cat's Cradle
by Kate Burnside
Friday, December 30, 2005
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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Curling contentedly in my lap,
blank page waits to be stroked
as we lie together,
listening to soft purr
of Muse.

Her throat vibrates
and I clear mine Ė
as if to speak whatís on her heart;
sweet claws stimulate
pinpricks of idea, drawing
hot blood of comforting word
that stains the parchment red.

Synchronised, harmonised,
rhythmic my hand responds
to her playful rubbing,
smoothing away problems,
soothing the poem into being.

Work done, she stretches and yawns,
settles down to sleep;

poem rests warm in a sunlit place
as I puzzle the web
thatís woven through my fingers,
marvel at the skeins
of her sleek-worded fur.

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Reviewed by jude forese 1/2/2006
purfect! ;)
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/2/2006
Oh it is so good to be back and see the sweet flow of your words weaving a tapestry of thought such as this again. I have missed you so much during the time my PC was kaput but read your messages when I could gain access to anothers PC. Your work is always near and dear to me and when I read you I always see your sweet smile as well and I am uplifted by it. I go back into the hospital for another angiioplasty on my heart on Wednesday but if that goes well I should be back on line on a regular basis soon I hope.
Take care sweet Kate,
Reviewed by Dale Clark 1/1/2006
I like this Kate, it's so unique. lol
Your methods are so effective. ;)
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 12/31/2005
Neat !

Happy New Year, Kate...and a healthy one too.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/31/2005
A superb metaphorical offering, Kate. Very nicely penned indeed. Thank you for sharing this gift. Happy New Year and love and peace to you.

Reviewed by Nordette Adams 12/31/2005
Intriguing and entertaining. A very skilled write, Kate. Much purring to you in the new year. :-) ~~Nordette
Reviewed by Debashish Haar 12/31/2005
I liked the metaphor, analogy and connotations used in this poem. I particularly liked "Her throat vibrates
and I clear mine". Which creates an interesting expectation.

Reviewed by Tina Clark 12/31/2005
Just what my life needed today! A piece of calm and contentment spread liberally with charm! A jewel here Kate! Have a wonderful New Year!

Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 12/31/2005
Great use of metaphor, Kate! A poem has a life of its own, calling, tempting, just waiting to be penned. Gosh I really liked this. Happy New Year; great musings await 2006.

Carmen :-)
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 12/31/2005
Your ode has a life of its own.
One feels the stealthy movement of a cats quality.
Kat Kraddle Kate..
Do kids still sing, the cats got the cradle the cradle the cradle.....
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 12/31/2005
I knew you'd eventually come around to appreciate the many merits of felines, Kate. And this is quite a poem!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 12/31/2005
What a beautiful moment you penned here Kate!!

My little "spokie" had 6 babies....and now she is like a baby herself searching for more attention from me her "human" mom!!

Beautiful sis!!

Happy New Year to you and your family!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 12/31/2005
now if those kitties weren't quite so elusive and skittish, with a mind all their own. think I'll try your gentle, here-kitty-kitty approach and hope for something more than another hairball poem. Dawn
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 12/30/2005
I love this, Kate, the way you create a sense of calm by using the nature of a cat to initiate the muse and coax the poem from you. The muse, like a cat will find a way to get our attention if that is its goal and any attempt by us to ignore either will be futile. I would have to say that this is purr-fect, Kate...oooh, sorry about that! LOL
Take care,
Reviewed by Janet Parker 12/30/2005
This poem is so lovely! You almost made me like cats.
Reviewed by Peter Paton 12/30/2005
This has a beautiful and relaxing feel and tone about it Kate, that lulls you into a very relaxed state of mind
It is when we are in this state of grace and calm, that we construct our best and most dynamic work
This is a joy to read and receive
Reviewed by J M 12/30/2005
The lure of the muse and the moods that arouse the pen to action is so prevelant in your work this is crafted wonderfuly. Enjoyed the actions and expressions given the muse of feline nature. Creative gem I so enjoyed the read.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 12/30/2005
Beautiful ambiance, and "smoothing away problems,
soothing the poem into being." is the cats meow in this gem!

Reviewed by George Carroll 12/30/2005
Delightful and so true when from your mind to paper a poem is born. Splendid in its construction and analogy to a sweet purring kitten. Wish I thought of that.
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 12/30/2005
This one emerges from a veneer of domestication. In appreciation of affection with strong independence, lithe and silent, your poem is a sign of fertility (New Year) and good omen. In Norse myth, the cat pulled the chariot for Freyja, the goddess of love, as well as of battle and dead. In ancient Greece, cats were associated with devotees of Dionysus--the maenads, or mad women who wore cat skins during their frenzies. OH...Kate, put on a cat skin, will ya! Shapeshifter in gear, cat familiar of an 18th Century Salem Witch.

Gotta Broom, go flying back into the Den, Kate. See you there, in cat skin!

Reviewed by Monette Bebow-Reinhard (Reader) 12/30/2005
I wish my lap keyboard cat did this for me! Well done, Kate!
Reviewed by F William Broome 12/30/2005
Kenny's poem, below, is better than any word from me, but I'll try:
Are we to expect such perfect composing by the end of each day's closing? - Bill ...with awesome admiration!

Reviewed by Kenny Baez 12/30/2005
Crivens, we are from the same cattery, kate. :-))Have you a snake poem, too? It wouldn't surprise me. Sometimes we are drawing water from the same well, at the same time. Past Midnight, and the cats are out hunting, but I'm off to bed now. Big travelling day tomorrow.
In Dublin's fair city.... goodnight, purrfect synchronicity, Kate.

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