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The Cats Will Play - a poem

Updated on January 18, 2013
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One big and strong
One small and brave

This is how
The felines play

Stalk and pounce
Squirm and scratch

Chewing on ears
Batting away

Give and take
Strength and spunk

Friendly foes
Enjoying war games

Lick and soothe
Superficial wounds

Energy spent
Wounds dressed

Temporary ceasefire
Resting together

Eyes closed
Purring


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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Oh, the life of cat. You captured it. Very nice! Many votes!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      I agree with Vicky, I can just see the two of them playing and fighting. Happy 50th hub :o)

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Vicki - cats are great. i want to come back in another life as a cat. until then, i just play like one when i can. :) ..... my best friend just got a kitten cuz she has a boy cat that keeps her up all night. she is hoping a playmate will help. so far so good!... thanks for the votes.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Julie - THANKS for the congrats! I honestly was outside on my deck enjoying the sun (with my cat)and this started writing itself.... snuck itself in as I am in the middle of another hub!

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      mwilliams66 4 years ago from Left Coast, USA

      I agree with both comments above. Your written words evoke images beautifully. What a lovely life a cat leads.

      Delightful Dana.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Lovely word play Dana. If you take away the feline affiliations this poem could well be an allegory for other antics.

      Stalk and pounce

      Squirm and scratch

      Chewing on ears

      Batting away

      Give and take

      Strength and spunk

      Friendly foes

      Enjoying war games

      Indeed. Indeed. ;-)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Such an adorable cat photo on the hub. I could see the cats at play as I read. I love to watch kitties when they play and bat at each other. Sweet poem.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      mwilliams66 - Yes. If only I could have the life of a cat. Hmm. I feel another hub about cats coming on.

      teaches12345 - Thanks for the compliment on the photo. That is my sweet simple mined Cow Cat. He is an "only child" at the moment. I am goign tohave to remedy that. I do love the way cats play, sometimes gentle and sometimes it looks as if they will rip each other to shreds!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Docmo - You found me out! I admit that I was not thinking entirely of cats when I wrote this. I absolutely adore metaphor. Especially when the surface meaning stands on it's own and the metaphor is almost like a secret between author and reader.... your rearrangement of my words is masterful. nicely played. :)

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The line "strength and spunk" is a good one! I vote up and awesome :)

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Christy - I struggled a little with that line. Looks like a piked the right words. Score! :) ... thanks for the votes. Always good to see you!you

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Dana,

      I like Mohan's (Docmo Kumar's) interpretation of this *suggestive* poem.

      Animals? Yes. ... Felines? No.

      Your poem is very descriptive of *other activities*. Well done!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      An awesome beautiful poem and cuteeeee cat. Loved this one.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Daisy - thrilled to hear you like the hidden meaning. sneaky of him to find it right away! i have always loved things with dual meanings.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Vellur - thank you! i still get so excited to hear that people liek my writing! yes, my simple-brained fatty cat is a cutie. and he knows it. :)

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      Rocking poem,Dana!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      grityYes - i find your comment totally refreshing. i like your style! i gotta get back to reading some more of your work

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      I like your style too. Thank you very much.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Loved your poem! lol! and you got the cats exactly right! my cat that I used to have used to climb up on top of the cupboards around the room, just to annoy me I reckon! haha!

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      The complicated life of a cat rounded down into ten stanzas...yup, this sums up cats! Enjoyed your poem, Dana.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      This is definitely the "cat's meow." (Boy, does that comment date me)

      I love it completely. Tis true in all aspects!

      Tremendous Job!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Nell - Yes. it does seem that cats do things just to express their "catness" to us people. My mother had a cat that would nap in the kitchen sink!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      KDuBarry03 - thank you! i have always owned at least one cat. so you can imagine the hours i have spent watching them. i hopei can cpme back as one in another life!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      rcrumple - nice to see you stop by! thank you for the compliments!!! "the cat's meow." - i love that expression, and i'm not all that dated. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I developed an allergy to cats somewhere along the way, dogs, too. That's why I have a Schnauzer cause I'm not allergic to that breed. I do miss watching cats play...they are SO cute.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      mary - i have always had a cat. i love them. i ahve just develpoed an allergy to them and i hope it desnt get worse. i will be a very happy person without a kitty!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Loved your poem. Enjoyed reading.

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Loved the "Temporary ceasefire, Resting together lines" :) you have a great style, well done

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Vellur - Thank you. So glad.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Mike Robbers - Thank you. I am new to poetry. Just starting to find my voice. I appreciate the input.

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      It is so nice to come back and read a gret poem from you! It is so wonderful and great to watch them play through your words. Great job Dana!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      AudraLeigh - so great to have you back! this is one of my favorites. pleased u like it :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Nothing more fun that watching cats play-fight all day. You have captured this well in your poem.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      teaches12345 - cats have always been my favorite animal... and i am so much like one. i always say that i want to come back as a cat in my next life :)

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      This poem is soooo good it nearly makes me want to go out and adopt a cat...

      Almost...

      Voted up definitely Dana...

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Laurinzo, I could see you with a cat... I am definitely a cat person. At times I think I am part cat. :)

      Thanks for the vote up!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Very sweet, Dana..

      Dunno what this kind of poetry is called, but i know it has a name - and i know this is VERY well done!

      I'm a dog person myself..lol..

      i'll share anyway..

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      ImKarn23 - Thank you Leslie... I think this kind of poetry is called: Dana doesn't like to follow rules or look up things so she just writes stuff and hopes people like it....

      fyi - cats are way cooler than dogs... Still luv u though, how could I not?!... thanks for sharing :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      This poem is the cat's meow! It's purr-fect! Well done Dana!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Hi Linda! This was another one I really enjoyed writing... thanks for the fun comment! :)

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Dana....What a perfect image of kittens playing.....just as I've seen a hundred times. They have a wonderful way of making us wish we could be kittens....at least for a day!...UP+++

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      fpherj48 - to be a kittien or a cat, what a life... no reason we can't act like one now and then ;)

      thanks for the vote!!!

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