Dogged Rivalry

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Dogged Rivalry

“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.” 
Terry Pratchett

She knew already she’d never be cool–
he didn’t have to tell her–though he did constantly–
that her saliva pooled mid-tongue
and that she drooled
at tongue–
though truly she drooled
at any food whose fat glistened
on a platter;
or for that matter, how plebian she was
to actually listen
for the Man, then wiggle in that low squiggle, literally em-bare-assing–(he said)
even when the Man didn’t
dish out meat, or – yawn -some dry-mouth

No, he did not need to insinuate
by moue–um–
for she knew–
from her tail that could never curvily fold
to that nose that was typically more or less cold,
but not, somehow, cool–
that she was in no way hip, hep, or any
kind of jewel-eyed cat, and that that
was simply that–

still, as the Man scratched her ear vigorously enough
to make her face tilt towards his hand
and one band of canines grin,
she somehow couldn’t care if he up there
watching from an arch in
the sofa where only the fabric
was scratched (and not, she thought,
his head) wished her dead,
if only he would someday please
just play.


A rather silly poem for Kerry O’ Connor’s prompt on With Real Toads to write something inspired by quotes from Terry Pratchett or Leonard Nimoy.  Terry Pratchett is one of my favorite authors ever, and has so many very inspiring quotes that have nothing to do with cats.  I was working on something more serious but finally felt maybe I’d had enough of seriousness by this 18th day of April. 

Really, it should be the dog on the computer for purposes of this poem, but the cat took over.  

Ps I have edited since first posting.  

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9 Comments on “Dogged Rivalry”

  1. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) Says:

    That’s just heaven! 🙂

  2. I agree with Rosemary. This is delightful.

  3. Oh I can see the cat and the man here.. The way a feline talks is so well described.

  4. Kerry O'Connor Says:

    I’d have a dog over a cat any day, for all the reasons you have mentioned. In fact I have 3 dogs – no cats.

  5. M Says:

    grins. I’m loopy, myself ~

  6. Not silly at all. I’m more a dog person myself so I love this.

  7. Jim Says:

    Cats have feelings. I he had this attitude towards his ‘woman’ I would call it abuse. Poor kitty, scratch her neck and under her ear. Her mother thought she was beautiful.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Oh dear. I am sure cats have feelings. I am allergic to them though! I always think of cats as female so tried making a male cat this time and female dog. But no abuse intended. k.

      On Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 6:11 PM, ManicDDaily wrote:


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