This poem came out of the February 7, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Anthony Barrette and sponsored by Shirley Barrette. Their cat Patches is not a relaxed traveler.
They crouch on their fluffy towels
and yowl through the sides of the cat carrier,
gnawing at the bars on the front
and poking their paws through the air holes.
The tinned kitties do not like car trips,
have never liked car trips,
and will no more change their minds
than a leopard will change his spots.
In this confined space, sounds are magnified,
and it is not so hard to recall that
their leonine relatives shake the African savannahs
with air-shattering roars.