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Poem: "Infernal Felines"

This poem came from the October 2-3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

Infernal Felines

They have tails,
but neither horns nor wings.

They do not need pitchforks;
they have teeth and claws.

It does not matter if they are red or black
or white as the robe of God Himself.

All cats are kin to mischief
and have a little bit of the Devil in them.

Humans, now,
They go both ways;

They have a shoulder-angel on the right
and a shoulder-devil on the left.

Cats run wild down the hall
and no angel can hold on for eight seconds.

Shoulder-devils are made of sterner stuff;
they can stick it out.

Sometimes, when the damned cat
is tearing through the house at 2 A.M.

you can hear one squeaking, "Yeehaw, Kitty!
Rip up that rug!  Puke in that shoe!  Let's get more catnip!"

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thnidu From: thnidu Date: October 8th, 2012 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)
It is not always a matter of speed, but can coexist with (what we may see as) acedia. There is a large butt attempting to push my hand off the keyboard even as I type, as loud purring emanates from the other end 18 inches away. (I just measured.)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 8th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)


Yes, that's another good point.
natasiakith From: natasiakith Date: October 8th, 2012 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Don't tell *my* cat she hasn't got any wings, she'll jump directly onto your shoulder..
meridian_rose From: meridian_rose Date: October 9th, 2012 01:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL, I'll send a link to this to my sister, whose kitty has developed a bad habit of waking her up at 5am! :D
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 9th, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you enjoyed this enough to pass it along.
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