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Poem: "The Flight of Free-Running Felines"

This poem was prompted by siliconshaman's reference to free-running felines, which led me to parkour, which gave me the cool French vocabulary.  It was sponsored by kyleri.


The Flight of Free-Running Felines


The leopard lives for l'art du déplacement.
He leaps over levies and sidles between vines.
He lifts himself effortlessly toward the leaves.

The panther pours herself into parkour.
She vaults tall piles of rock without need for a pole.
Her paws touch down silently, padded with powerful grace.

The tiger is a terrific traceur.
He traverses the entire forest, twining between trees.
He teases his way along tight trails.

Cats know how to be and to last,
être et durer,
fast and efficient as death.

Their strength and their speed are their purpose,
être fort pour être utile,
grace become power become presence.

Between each leap, a running feline flies:
this is their méthode naturelle,
knowing that is feeling, feeling that is flight.

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the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: March 2nd, 2011 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Mervielleux!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 2nd, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

Merci!
From: siliconshaman Date: March 2nd, 2011 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I would've used the french term myself, but it was more alliterative that way, and I love the poem!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 2nd, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you like it. Yes, I thought about using French in the title too, but I just really liked your phrasing.

From: siliconshaman Date: March 2nd, 2011 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Well, the Tv was on, and this advert came up just as I was typing up suggestions.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 2nd, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

I love it. Thank you so much for sharing.
kyleri From: kyleri Date: March 2nd, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
BOING BOING BOING ZOOM

(I may be a touch punchy right now, as my cats were practicing parkour on my legs round about way-too-early this morning...)

That said? I love this. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 2nd, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

I'm happy to hear that.

Back in junior high and high school, I lived in a trailer, which had a bedroom at each end. We had a cat who liked to run from one end of the trailer to the other, make a flying leap, and land on the bed (and the person) at the far end. Back and forth, all night. Or at least until someone closed the bedroom door and *WHUMP* that was the end of that game.
kyleri From: kyleri Date: March 3rd, 2011 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

*cackle*

I've got a pair of relatively sedate 12-year-old cats and a 'kitten' who'll be three this spring, but you wouldn't know it. He gets the zooms and it's entertaining as crap, but I wouldn't call what he does parkour -- or at least not very good parkour! He isn't graceful at all.

But the older two boys, on the rare occasions when they get up the energy...grace in flight.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 3rd, 2011 04:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

It really does depend on the cat. I've known cats that were just about cushions with feet, and cats that thought they ought to have wings but made do with spring-powered paws.
kyleri From: kyleri Date: March 3rd, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

And cats like my roommates' Charlotte, who can't be over nine pounds (counting all the fluff) but somehow stomps like a tiny, delicate elephant...
cissa From: cissa Date: March 5th, 2011 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Lovely.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 5th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you like this.
natf From: natf Date: March 5th, 2011 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)
(added to memories)

I loved this.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 5th, 2011 04:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad this poem touched you.
filkferengi From: filkferengi Date: March 7th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fun! Definitely something to savor while waiting for the new Thundercats movie. [weg]
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 7th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you enjoyed this.
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