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For the Proper Cat
by Susan Wingate

Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Susan dedicates this poem to TS Eliot, who inspired her to write it.

 


Too Cold awfully cold for a decent cat


Who will climb up a tree and descend on a rat


Too cold much too cold for a decent cat


Whose tail held mid-air


Will flick and despair


When she misses that bird


Who escapes into air


Much too cold, too darn cold for a decent cat.


 


Too bold very bold for a proper puss


Whose whiskers are white and her mittens chartreuse


Who soars from a tree to the top of a house


When she yowls, “Over there, look, I’ve spotted a mouse!”


She flits like a fairy


With a ghost from the past


Eats corn and raspberry


Too darn bold way too bold for a proper cat.


 


Call me in, call me in and I’ll give you a smirk


Your lungs full and howling


       ‘whoa is you’ for the work


I’ll hang out with slugs


And a snail named McGee


I will do as I please and forever you’ll see


Proper cats don’t give answers


Proper cats don’t oblige


You will cater to us


And this explains why:


 


Our nature refined is regal at least


Its splendor is spoken by kings and by beast


We’re carried we’re coddled we’re fed as the best


We’ll sleep when we want and we’ll land on your chest


For your home is our castle


Its land our domain


This is how we’ve derived


Of our proper-est name.

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Reviewed by Frances Seymour 10/12/2009
Susan, Cute write! I too am quite a 'cat lover.' Blessings...Frances
Reviewed by John Domino 12/31/2008
I give this a 5 paw rating.

Meow!

Mr. CatFish
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 11/7/2008
I know those cats were regal and queenly in the olden days and stillare in these newer days. As a cat lover, I very much agreed with you here and loved this cat write. Continue to write more on cats if you can.
Reviewed by Malcolm Campbell 4/12/2008
My four cats and I know whereof you write. (My cats made me say this since they are--or appear to be--in charge of this castle.)

Malcolm



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