CAT (a smelly memorial poem)

Cat "cooking" supper
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CAT

Time to eat - no time for play.
CAT caught a mouse - ate right away.
The pity was her meal had gorged
upon the kitchen's garlic hoard,
and so it was, on mousie's death,
CAT contracted real bad breath.

CAT, not knowing that she stank,
went boyfriend-hunting while still rank.
Katty-Fatty quit his breathing -
CAT, whatever were you teething?
You stink like cats from Napoli.
It's garlic stench, unhappily.


CAT slunk away now very chastened.
Quick, a tooth brush,” and she hastened.
"I have to get this bad smell out
so's Katty-Fatty'll quit his pout.
'Ain't fair my mousie played such tricks.
That awful garlic smell sure sticks.”

The sun went down.The moon came up.
CAT, still stinky, ate her sup -
peppermints and wintergreens -
smell-good stuff, no in-betweens.
Katty-Fatty, a tough impress,
but CAT, less garlic, had success.

Today CAT tells her sons and daughters,
Things you do and some don't-oughters:
When you set out on mouse-fetching
understand what you'll be catching.
Mousies all look fine and tasty,
but some eat garlic. Don't be hasty.”



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It is not that I have become lazy, but this was originally for "Cat," and "Cat" is now "Late Cat." The only other cat with which I have had any sort of memorable relationship was the one my wife and daughter brought home and kept around the place so as to eat the plastic tips off of my poor shoelaces. That earlier cat has now been joined with "this" cat in wherever they go when they leave us to our own devices here on Earth.


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sallybea 3 years ago from Norfolk

They sure do Gus.


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wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

That is some pretty good rhyming. Could be made out of a song! Great one.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Sure was some tale/tail you laid out there, And I want to thank you.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Dear Gus - This poem was far from dumb,

Made me feel happy and not feel glum.

Content was clever and meter great,

Now cat will watch whatever it ate.


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Bumpsysmum 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire

What a lovely poem, made me smile.

Cat be nimble

Cat be quick

Don't eat mouse

Who eats garlic

And parsley does work on garlic, it neutralises it.


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PADDYBOY60 3 years ago from Centreville Michigan

You got that right My friend.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

What a gracious gesture, Gus, thank you.


dreamseeker2 3 years ago

Very cute piece of poetry regarding a cat. Clever story and words put into play. : ) Loved it! Thanks for sharing with this comical spin on a cats life. (did I tell you I have two kitties?) Voted up and funny!


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Cute Gus, Made me laugh and smile,Kathi :O)


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ct92 3 years ago from Denmark

You may think this is another dumb poem, but I think it is a great one.

I like that it is so different.


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Lol . . . you're a doll!


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teaches12345 3 years ago

What a great bit of wit and fun in this poem. I had to chuckle at the garlic mouse taste. I can only imagine!


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Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain

Brilliantly funny...... You drew a great picture with words.


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Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Gus... its me picking myself up off the floor from laughter. Quigley my dog is wondering what her Dad is laughing at.

Here is a challenge for you and I do think there is a poem there. I had a dear friend that was a real prankster. Bev would do anything for a laugh and one year I got her back. I bought a few silly stuffy animals for christmas presents to hang on her tree. Little did she know I had taken out the stuffing and replaced it with catnip. It took her two years and several attempts at repairing the tree each year. The moral of the story was her three cats really and I mean really loved the gifts I gave.

Loved what you have done with this one...

Hugs from Canada


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klidstone1970 3 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

The moment I started reading about CAT, I thought it reminiscent of Dr. Seuss - an absolute genius. Well done!


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Ah Gus...you have me laughing at this! Very clever and I guess there is a lesson in there for those who might be courting. :))

My parents once had a cocker spaniel dog that was quick to gobble up anything that accidently would hit the floor. Once my mother was cutting up an onion and an entire half slipped out of her hand and you guessed it...our dog Rusty ingested it in one gulp. He looked kind of sorry afterwards! Am sure his breath was less than sweet for a time.

Up and funny votes and sharing. Others need a smile today!


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Sharkye11 3 years ago from Oklahoma

Awesomely fun poem! I do feel sorry for poor Cat though. They say that if Kitty-Pretty eats garlic too then she won't notice. He should've taken her out to eat Italian!

Voting up!


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vertualit 3 years ago from Bangladesh

Funny poem. thanks for sharing..


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kathryn1000 3 years ago from London

I love it

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