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Grizabella


  Grizabella

There's something about Grizabella. . .
                                   and her multifarious ear positions
                                   broadcasting her catly cognitions,
                                   swiveling russet satellite dishes.

                                   There's that zing of plumed tail,
                                   lofting toward the ceiling, sail
                                   pulled by a string, signal "yes"
                                   to everything. . .or so I guess.

                                   There's no display of deference 
                                   here; an ear-flattened reference
                                   and amber eye-contact removal
                                   curtly certifies her disapproval.

                                   She communicates a sullen mood
                                   caused by noise or foreign food,
                                   angling furry foot to floor 
                                   as if to bury scat or spoor.

                                   She frequently critiques my poetry;
                                   as I read it aloud to her, she 
                                   lightly  tap-taps my thighs
                                   with tactile tip: "Revise, revise."

                                   As I toss another crumpled paper
                                   she launches an editorial caper,
                                   retrieving my cast-off writing
                                   chastising me with a little biting.

                                   Today she's at her post, left paw
                                   poised to poke, ready to draw my
                                   attention with her tail swishing 
                                   in my face & threat of hissing.

                                   She's dauntlessly difficult to ignore; 
                                   it's plainly obvious that I adore 
                                   this four-footed editor of mine!
                                   Felis cattus, muse of nonpareil design.
                                   In memory of Grizabella


Roy and Joanne U.



Last Edited: Oct 14, 2008 8:47 AM
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