Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "Speaking Cat"

This poem came out of the November 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "speaking style" square in my 10-31-19 card for the People-watching Bingo fest.

"Speaking Cat"

They may not speak Human,
but cats understand it just fine.

Do you speak Cat?

They think you can, if they
speak LOUDLY ... and ... CLEARLY.

I've learned a few basic phrases,
like the yodeling love song of "raaAAOOow"
and the low, throaty "err-OW, err-OW" that
means, "Come, kittens, I have brought food."

I wouldn't say I speak it well,
but like saying, "Hola," in Mexico,
even a clumsy attempt works wonders.

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