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Two Poems about Cats

Updated on February 24, 2008

The cat lady strikes again.

I live with two cats, and they are spectacular. I dote on them unlike I have with any other cat, or living creature, before. My husband, who grew up thinking goldfish were pets, spoils our cats more than I do (although he will deny this vehemently). Friends and family know not to start a conversation about my cats because I won’t shut up. If I bring my feline family up, I see a wary, cautious look form in the eyes of the person I’m talking to. Yes, we even take pictures of them whenever they do something cute or funny, which is all the time, of course.

It only seems natural that when I’m looking for ideas or motivation to write, I often watch my cats. They alternate between being spontaneously playful and sprawlingly lazy. I love their pendulum –like mood swings. These two poems are fun scribbling. If you want to read some fabulous poetry about pets, I suggest you try Mary Oliver. She has a way of writing about her dogs that makes me feel like I know them intimately.

Writing is Like…

A kitten, who springs onto the counter,

again and again, he practices

jumping. Higher, farther, even higher.

The kitten grows, learning with practice,

until he makes one clean jump,

floor to counter, counter to the highest

peak of all—on top of the fridge.

And so, a poem is born.

Oh, to Live like a Cat

He lies there, wrapped in sun

stained fur, plump as a jelly

filled scone fresh from the oven.


His eyes, green like a lizard

by a stream, lazily read my

thoughts. He relaxes his head.


Paws gently knead the pillow, his

Tongue, a rough pink sponge,

Kisses the blanket, dreaming of his


milky mama-cat. Under my stroking

hand, his pleasure rumbles like the pressure

of an accelerating engine.


Half open, his lizard eyes glaze

over like frosting on a doughnut.

I give in to the desire to kiss his


head, rub his ears, and he

smiles. As I leave him sleeping,

I head back to life. So human.

Do you ever write poetry about the people or pets in your life? I believe the best writing is about what we know, and I know my cats.


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      erica brown 7 years ago

      i love this poem a little bit so u could say that i liked it. i didnt understand it that much. it was confucing..... well bye.... but i still liked it.... well bye again.....

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Loved this. I am animal mad, and we have always had cats and dogs. thanks for that it was great. Nell

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      djtphn1 9 years ago from Riverside County, California

      Stacie, i absolutely love these poems....maybe I am a wierdo, but they gave me cool little chills....but I am an animal lover to the bone as well. I love cats but this one dog I had a year or so ago killed my cat. I came home to find it mutilated and never got another for fear of it happening again.....I loved that cat and was mortified to see it like that....anyways, thanks for bringing back the memory of my poor lovely cat to me today. 

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      vreccc 9 years ago from Concord, NH

      it does now.

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      Stacie Naczelnik 9 years ago from Seattle

      vrecc, the link doesn't work.

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      vreccc 9 years ago from Concord, NH

      Stacie, I love it!!! One of my cats made his own hub. Have a look.