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Today has started out rainy - it may end up warm and sunny. Such are the vagaries of April.

I thought I'd share an original poem today. In fact, it's the first poem in my chapbook, The Universe Comes Knocking, published by Maverick Duck Press in 2015. If you'd like, you can order it here. But I digress.

The poem is about Kismet, my sweet/not-so-sweet kitty. That's her on the right, in a box, as is her wont.

The Cat's Pajamas

are the footie kind –
white footies, to be exact,
with scratchy bits for traction.

Their crazy stripes –
entirely improbable –
are rendered in an impractical
thick, fuzzy fabric:
frighteningly hard to wash,
entirely inappropriate
on a hot summer's night.

The cat is not contrite.

Like a bedraggled buyer
at a discount superstore,
she goes everywhere
in her nightwear,
never caring what
neighbors think,
or if that pouchy bit
makes her look fat.

Sometimes it's good
to be the cat.

You can find the rest of the Poetry Friday roundup over at "The Opposite of Indifference" by clicking the box below.





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ext_1666092
Apr. 21st, 2017 10:39 pm (UTC)
Kismet looks like a rascal, but a sweet one! I love your poem about her pajamas, especially the lines:
"thick, fuzzy fabric:
frighteningly hard to wash," - hee hee! I'll never look at a kitty the same way again.
kellyrfineman
Apr. 21st, 2017 11:42 pm (UTC)
Harder still when one has to clean oneself with one's tongue!
kaymcgriff
Apr. 22nd, 2017 10:19 am (UTC)
sweet kitty
What a sweet poem about a sweet kitty. Some days I have to agree it's good to be the cat!
kellyrfineman
May. 1st, 2017 03:22 pm (UTC)
Re: sweet kitty
Thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment!
Mary Lee Hahn
Apr. 23rd, 2017 12:27 pm (UTC)
Our kitty shares the love of boxes. Related to that, I saw a ditty on FaceBook claiming that if you mark off a 2-D box on the floor, cats will get in THAT box as readily as the 3-D kind. Haven't tried it yet...

And our kitty wears those big fluffy slippers (entirely too big for the size of the animal inside the equally fluffy PJs) and he does indeed have the scratchy bits for traction!

Love this!!
kellyrfineman
May. 1st, 2017 03:23 pm (UTC)
The scratchy bits for traction can really catch you off-guard some days . . .
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