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Your Feline Poetry & Sayings January 04, 2005 3:42 PM

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 January 27, 2005 5:53 PM

curiosity killed the cat....but he found what he was looking for  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 January 27, 2005 6:54 PM

...and he came back 8 more times after that, to enjoy it...right Tere?..  [ send green star]
Teresa February 01, 2005 4:54 AM

Here's another version;

Curiosity killed the cat--Satisfaction brought him back.

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 February 03, 2005 7:20 PM

Hehehe I like that version too Mitchell!

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Desmond Morris.......English zoologist and writer April 27, 2005 10:36 PM

Alexander the Great, Napoleon, and Hitler...were apparently terrified of small felines....If you want to conquer the world you had better not share even a moment with an animal that refuses to be conquered at any price, by anyone.    [ send green star]  [ accepted]
King (poem) May 03, 2005 11:30 AM

I am a cat
Who is really very fat
I like to eat and also play
Usually i just lie around all day
But just you watch me late at night
As a gather all my strength and might
Nothing distracts me, Im gonna catch that mouse
Oh yes! Its good to be king of the house!

This was written for my cat Brownie who seems to think WE live in HIS got such a superior air.i just Love him to bits!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Apricot July 17, 2005 2:08 AM

Apricot is my himalayan cat.... one of three rescue persians from chapelhouse Persian rescue.... she is so loving....




You tumble chaotic into my dreams

With the rustle of paper,

Scratching away in dark corners

Where spiders fall prey

To your happy search.

Himalayan goddess!

You charm such joy

From these high passes

Where no man could tread.



The day is shattered

By the thunder footfall

Of such delicate feet

And the click of cellulose.

Like Pele, you dive

And dribble your ball,

This mouse,

Your prey.


So early in the day

I roll sweet in avoidance….

Sandpaper softly scours my cheek,

Your tongue….


You kiss my eyes to wake,

You chew my hair….

How can I grudge a second

Of this Summer Sunday morning?

Laughing, I rise….

I lift you in my arms

And hug my Woolly Bear!


© Lisa Gabriel, 17th July 2005

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My Favorite.... July 22, 2005 6:05 PM


The fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

Carl Sandburg


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new poem... August 12, 2005 9:12 AM

Feral Love….


Greedy for leftover love,

He steals into our passageway;

Black, burr bedraggled,

Seeking Persian leavings….

One ear almost two,

Socks and vest -

Immaculate -

New fallen snow….

Nobility in shabbiness!

Taking guard upon the roof,

Sentry to Need,

He pauses, watchful;

Every in and out an opportunity.


He bumps his massive head -

Each venture and return he greets….

Pampered once perhaps,

Now sadly lost,

He craves the love he senses….

Our neighbour’s in the yard!

“He will not let me pass!”

The little panther has her cornered….

Later she tells her friend -

“Our neighbour feeds him”

He scratched her once,

When in desperate bid for warmth

He raked her tights as cats will do….

“He’s such a nuisance!”


Screwball, as we call him,

Shuts his eyes….

He purrs,

Dreaming of tasty offerings left

When Fear subsides

And her Compassion stirs….


© Lisa Gabriel, 12th August 2005

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 August 12, 2005 9:17 AM

Lisa I just posted this all on its own thread, its so wonderful!
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CHEETAH November 06, 2005 9:05 PM

Majestic cat of the wild, Magnificent one of distinction, Endangered cat of the Serengeti, Imperiled to future extinction.... Grand champion sprinter, Of the African plain, World's fastest land mammal, Speed master of the domain. Flexible spine, to work like a spring, Slender, lithe, superbly streamlined, Elegant long legs, a deep chest, Body built for speed, perfectly designed. Tawny coat, black rosette-spotted, Small head, short muzzle, rounded ears, Notable for beauty and unusual build, Black streaks on the face resemble tears. Majestic cat of the wild, How long will you survive? Endangered cat of the Serengeti, How can mankind help you thrive? Betty Jayne Gregory  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 November 07, 2005 6:40 AM

Betty that is an amazing poem! I didnt know you write!

You are da Cat-Bomb too, & right up there with our Lisa G.!! Both of you write so beautifully!

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Ten Commandments of the Gentleman Cat November 07, 2005 5:25 PM

[ with acknowledgements to The Fur Person, by May Sarton, W.W. Norton, New York, 1957 ]

Thomas was my first 'rescue' cat when I returned to the UK to settle; it was very sad to lose him to a road accident less than three years later. He was a gentle cat who always kept himself immaculate 1. A gentleman cat has an immaculate shirt front and paws at all times.

2. A gentleman cat allows no constraint of his person, even when it is loving and well meant.

3. A gentleman cat does not mew except in extremity; he makes his wishes known and waits.

4. When addressed, a gentlemen cat does not move a muscle. He looks as though he hasn't heard.

5. If he should be frightened, a gentleman cat looks bored.

6. Unless he is directly concerned, a gentleman cat takes no interest in other people's business.

7. A gentleman cat does not hurry towards an objective, or looks as though he wants just one thing: it is not polite.

8. A gentleman cat approaches food slowly, no matter how hungry he is, and decides from at least three feet away whether it is 'good', 'fair', 'passable', or 'unworthy'. If it is unworthy, he pretends to scratch earth over it.

9. A gentleman cat shows his gratitude for a worthy meal by licking the plate so clean that it looks as though it has been washed.

10. A gentleman cat is never hasty when choosing a housekeeper.

Footnote: there is a simple tribute to Thomas, the gentleman pictured above, here.

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 November 12, 2005 6:54 AM

I could half persuade myself that the word felonious is derived from the feline temper.
Robert Southey

One reason we admire cats is for their proficiency in one-upmanship. They always seem to come out on top, no matter what they are doing-- or pretend they do.
Barbara Webster

The smart cat doesn't let on that he is.
H G Frommer

Human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.
Ernest Hemingway

The cat seldom interferes in other people's rights. His intelligence keeps him from doing many of the fool things that complicate life.
Carl Van Vechten

Of all domestic animals the cat is the most expressive. His face is capable of showing a wide range of expressions. His tail is a mirror of his mind. His gracefulness is surpassed only by his agility. And, along with all these, he has a sense of humor.
Walter Chandoha

It was his firm belief that I had the power to turn off the rain, brush away the clouds, make the sun come back to shine upon the window ledge, modify the temperature, (and) perform other miracles as required. I found my failure to live up to his high esteem somewhat embarrassing.
Era Zistel 
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 November 12, 2005 6:55 AM

I called my cat William because no shorter name fits the dignity of his character. Poor old man, he has fits now, so I call him Fitz-William.
Josh Billings

If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man but deteriorate the cat.
Mark Twain

How you behave towards cats here below determines your status in Heaven.
Robert Heinlein
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Song about our formerly feral cat who is about 15 years old, now: October 27, 2006 10:45 PM


Music & lyrics by Warren Jeffrey Motter  Copyright 2006

I've no flag to be unfurled
In my tiny little world
I'm alone, here
And, there's not much I can do
All my problems seem so tall
While I seem to be so small
As, filled with fear
Looking up, I turn to you
I can comfort you
Once you help me, too
Won't you reach out to answer my plea
I need your help, now
And, I'm sure, somehow
I will be all you'll need me to be
Can your large eyes truly see
Tiny helpless little me
Open your ear
Just look down, and see me, too
Though too small to climb a tree
You could hold me on your knee
You are so near
If you'll help, I will be true
I can comfort you
Once you help me, too
Won't you reach out to answer my plea
I need your help, now
And, I'm sure, somehow
I will be all you'll need me to be
Are those storm clouds in the sky
Take me home and keep me dry
All will be clear
If my life you will renew
Can you hear my tiny cry
I beg you, don't pass me by
Why can't you hear
My soft teeny tiny "Mew"
I can comfort you
Once you help me, too
Won't you reach out to answer my plea
I need your help, now
And, I'm sure, somehow
I will be all you'll need me to be
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