If you've ever owned a cat, you know that the animator has got the cat moves down pat!
Cats and poets go together. My favorite cat poems are the ones that capture a cat neatly in words.
This one, by Kay Ryan, is new to me, but I knew upon first reading that it is a keeper:
A Cat/A FutureMarge Piercy has caught the essence of the cat/human relationship in "The Cat's Song,"
A cat can draw
behind her eyes
alters in the stare
itself but she's
not there. Likewise
a future can occlude:
still sitting there,
doing nothing rude.
Mine, says the cat, putting out his paw of darkness.Here's another by the famous Anonymous:
My lover, my friend, my slave, my toy, says
the cat making on your chest his gesture of drawing
milk from his mother’s forgotten breasts.
Read the rest here.
Quick! quick!A haiku by Issa, written in 1824, shows us how deeply we humans love our cats:
The cat's been sick.
Under the chair.
Fetch the basin.
It is too late,
The carpet's in
An awful state.
It's all in vain,
For she has licked it
plum blossoms--If you're on the prowl for more poetry, Liz in Ink is hosting the Poetry Friday Round-Up.
dried sardines scattered
on the cat's grave
translated by David G. Lanoue