Dead Kitten ... A Poem...

 My very late contribution to Stan Fletcher's Killer Ideas for your next hub,

 

Unfortunately it is inspired by a spike that we have had here in Australia of animal cruelty often resulting in the death of many young animals ....

 

The dead eye opened

As the small body lay smoking

Life extinguished and ruined

It twitched, burnt and bleeding

 

Dragging its shaking body to the track

On paws raw and blistered

It made its way slowly back

Every step long and tortured

 

The moon high in the dark sky

As the miles between them dropped away

The glow of hate burning in its one eye

Its death so much more than play

 

Seeing his shadow in the window

The dead kitten yowled

It would need one sure blow

 As closer and closer it prowled

 

Slinking inside paw prints bloody

It hunted its tormenter

Its mournful cry eerie

As it followed the sound of laughter

 

Sitting in the door frame

Its glowing eye staring

Blistered, beaten, bloody and lame

As his killer fell back shouting

 

Hissing the dead kitten attacked

Its broken body lashing out

The boy barely had time to react

Knocking it back with a shout

 

Blood from its claws, dripping

The dead kitten glared

As the boy started screaming

Finally at last he was scared


The claw mark started to smoke

As the young teenage boy stared to burn

His cries cut off as he started to choke

Some evil can’t be unlearned


As the fire started on the inside

The dead kitten started to heal

Falling to the floor the killer died

As his life force the cat did steal


Darting through the burning building

His limbs fresh and new

Free now he didn’t stop running

He knew what he had to do


Return to his litter at the witch’s cabin

He never should have run away

He had more than learned his lesson

It was best never to stray...


© K.A.E Grove



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Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

Wow, this is intense! Great job! Loved it.


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nighthag 6 years ago from Australia Author

I am thrilled you liked it, thanks heaps for the great inspiration couldn't resist the title of dead kitten :)


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acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

You write so beautifully and I can appreciate your talent.


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nighthag 6 years ago from Australia Author

thank you so much for your kind words :) i am sooo glad you like my poetry, Its been a while since i experimented so much with it and its a real encouragement when other great poets leave such positive feedback

Thank you


Doug Turner Jr. 6 years ago

Glad to see your dark, mysterious style represented in poetry. Your short stories are slick but I think the poems will continue to widen your fan base. Nice work.


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nighthag 6 years ago from Australia Author

Thank you so much :) I have had a wonderful response to the poems that i have posted I am so glad that you like them :)


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EmpressImani 6 years ago from SE London, England

I thought that this poem would be morbid ( had a kitten last year which died unexpectedly) thanks for writing this so beautifully on a totally different angle:)


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nighthag 6 years ago from Australia Author

your welcome :) so many small animals die each year from senseless cruelty that i had to give them a moment of vengeance so to speak ...

I am glad you liked it ((hugs))


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poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

This was riveting! I don't understand how anyone can be cruel to animals though I know it goes on. I loved how the kitty came out on top!


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daydreamer13 6 years ago

Absolutely Love this!!!


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nighthag 6 years ago from Australia Author

Poetvix, it has always broken my heart to see and hear about these defenseless creatures, I had to have my poor little kitten win :) I am so glad you like it !

Daydreamer13

thanks so much! i had a lot of fun writing it :)


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lisadpreston 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

Now this was intense. I kept moving closer to the edge of my seat. I absolutely loved it. What creativity!!! Thank goodness the abuser got his punishment and the kitty won. What a beautiful outcome. I may have nightmares tho. Rated up and beautiful.


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nighthag 6 years ago from Australia Author

*blushing*

Thanks so much i am really happy that you liked it, sorry about the nightmares kitty and I didn't mean to scare you (too much )..

thanks for the rate up :)


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samiaali 6 years ago

What a wonderfully written poem. I really liked the ending! :)


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nighthag 6 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks the end surprised me a bit so I am glad you like it :)


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

What a wonderful gift you have. I was so much hoping that the kitty would get's its revenge and it did. I am a cat lover and my beautiful Tabby Sabrina is so close to me and my partner, she is almost human. You weaved this poem like magic to behold, thank you for this wonderful poem. Bravo and the picture you included was spellbinding.


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nighthag 6 years ago from Australia Author

thank you so much for such a wonderful compliment, Writing is all i ever wanted to do.

I am thrilled that you liked this poem, as a new cat lover myself, kitty wasn't going to take his death lying down, such magical creatures already, it was easy to picture this scene playing out...

the pic has been oh hold for a while waiting for the right story or poem to be written for its use, i am glad you liked :)


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epigramman 6 years ago

...that's been my problem as of late - spending too much time at my hub writing and not enough time here reading your hubs - and believe they're so good I would like to take up residence and stay for awhile - how much is rent or can you just treat me as a special visitor - because I certainly feel special when I read something as great as this - and by the way my two best friends are my feline children Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel - so you know that I was really captivated by this one - and its daring title too!!!


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nighthag 6 years ago from Australia Author

epigramman you do know how to make a girl feel special :) rent? never, I love having you visit, and with compliments such as these, please pull up a chair,make yourself at home.

I am thrilled that you liked it, the hub challenge was to write from a list of chosen titles and themes and of course this one i couldn't resist :)

So glad you liked it, hope it got the nod of approval from your feline friends as well


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Setharion 6 years ago from Australia

This is a gem, I do hope to be able to read more of you rsimilar works. I did expect the morbidity but the outcome of the boy made me feel better for the poor lil kitty.


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nighthag 6 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks so much Seth, with all the animal cruelty going on i wanted ( needed ) kitty to come out on top, I am thrilled that you liked it and hope to have more for you soon:)


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Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

nice. don't mess with a witches cat! how ghastly. glad the kitty is ok. i hate people who abuse animals, they all need a dead kitty scare. i have a kitty and i love her so much. id never dare hurt her.


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

oh yes a witches familiar can be more than they first appear, and woe to any who try and mess with them.

cats have always seemed a bit mystical to me, even more so after I got my new kitten who helped inspire this poem :)


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Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

awww i bet shes adorable. I have a black cat with slightly yellow/greenish eyes, they were blue when she was first born, so pretty/ we named her Muse. I guess shes an inspiration too though ive never written anything about her or any cats lol.


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia Author

oh I love that name! I too have a black kitty, His royal highness goes by the name of caesar and woe to any who dare not give him his due !

with a name like muse you should try writing about her, you might surprise yourself with what you come up with, I know I did :)


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Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

lol. that's cute, hmm ceasar and muse would make a good kitty couple lol. haha

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