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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.


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.)


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