A Kitty Named Cletus


Cletus alone did live

from the litter mama cat did give;

he likes to play on the rail

and chase his mom’s tail;

truly, he is quite active.


But shy is our kitty named Cletus -

he won’t even come out to greet us!

He stays close to his mom;

dogs and thunder he runs from,

and his trust for people never increases.


Birds alone Cletus braves to near,

he leaps on them without fear,

and oh yes, the fish no doubt

that we dutifully ladle out,

and the milk that he guzzles like beer.


©July 27, 2014 by Beth Perry


Cletus is the only living kitten that our old mama cat gave birth to this year. Rowdy, health and strong, Cletus was named for the title character from the short story, "Cletus Rawlins" by friend and fellow Hubber, Will Starr.

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His mom, Sable

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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Cletus looks like a real survivor, just like his namesake. Well done, Beth!


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

So adorable!


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

Thanks Will! And I love that story!


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

Thanks DDE - we think he is, too :)


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

That was both funny and beautiful Beth. Just wait until Cletus grows older - then I bet you're in for it! I voted that up, shared it and pinned it.

Kevin


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

Kevin, I sure hope he can get used to humans, that's all I ask for! LOL

Thanks much, my friend :)


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Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

I like this frisky little fellow. I don't appreciate my neighbor's cat's bird hunting, but cats will be cats! Great poem!


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

He probably will as he gets older.

Kevin


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

Thank you Mel and I appreciate you dropping by!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

That was really cute! Especially the last line! Go, Cletus! Adorable name.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Such a delightful poem about Cletus -- I love that name which I first heard in Will Starr's story. Marvelous poem, Beth. Lovely cats, too.


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

Victoria, thanks much! He is a real sweetie, even shy as he is.


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

Phyllis, thank you so much!

I love Will's short stories. He's a fine, fine writer!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Fun poem Beth.' Cletus' looks like one of our cats 'Basil' and his mom 'Sable' looks like our mother cat 'Fanny'. Voted up.


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

Aw :) Thanks much, Jodah!


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bluebird 2 years ago

Sweet, I love cats and love that name of Cletus, it's cute and it seems to fit, somehow!


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

Thank you bluebird!


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catfish33 2 years ago from Maryland

Very lovely. Of course, I'm a sucker for anything with kitties in it,...


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

Thanks catfish33! I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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Horia Pop 2 years ago from Romania

The poem is adorable. He's a survivor. Long live Cletus!


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

Thanks Horia Pop! I have good news to share- Cletus is now allowing us to pet and pick him up :)


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Horia Pop 2 years ago from Romania

Aww, that is so sweet. I also like cats, but for some reason, they don't like me...


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for sharing the funny poem and the lovely photos. "Cletus" is a very interesting name for a cat!


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

Horia Pop, I am sorry to hear that. But thanks for reading; much appreciated!


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

Alecia, thank YOU for reading and the comment. Cletus has a must interesting personality, too - he has completely got over his shyness and is a real cuddle bunny to his humans now!

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