Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Poetry Tuesday: "Catalogue" by Rosalie Moore


Cats sleep fat and walk thin.
Cats, when they sleep, slump;
When they wake, pull in -
And where the plump's been
There's skin.
Cats walk thin.

Cats wait in a lump,
Jump in a streak.
Cats, when they jump, are sleek
As a grape slipping its skin-
They have technique.
Oh, cats don't creak.
They sneak.

Cats sleep fat.
They spread comfort beneath them
Like a good mat,
As if they picked the place
And then sat.
You walk around one
As if he were City Hall
After that.

If male,
A cat is apt to sing upon a major scale:
This concert is for everybody, this
Is wholesale.
For a baton, he wields a tail.

(he is also found,
When happy, to resound
With an enclosed and private sound.)

A cat condenses.
He pulls in his tail to go under bridges,
And himself to go under fences.
Cats fit
In any box or kit;
And if a large pumpkin grew under one,
He could arch over it.

When everyone else is just ready to go out,
The cat is just ready to come in,
He's not where he's been.
Cats sleep fat and walk thin.


Susan Fields said...

Love it - a very accurate and poetic description of cats. :) Cute photos, too!

BigSis said...

That is great. As a new reader I had no idea you were so talented. Being a cat lover doesn't hurt either :)

Mr. Stupid said...

Lovely poem. Loved your writing. BTW, very cute pictures.

June said...

So, so true.
"...like City Hall..."

Momma Fargo said...

Awesome poem. Cute kitty.

Writing Without Periods! said...

Love the poem. At one time we had 2 cats...now there are none. Love the photos

Life Is A Road Trip said...

That's a great poem and something to make me smile this morning. :-)

Christine Danek said...

Great poem. So true --I have two little cat buggers.

Marlene said...

As someone who has had cats nearly all my life (oddly I don't now) - I can totally relate. So true!

Hilary said...

You are a true observer of the feline condition. Great poem. :)

Julie said...

Great poem. And I love that last picture. Amazing!

My Mind's Eye said...

Ahhhhhh Madi and I love the Cat poem and oh is it so true....beautiful kitties on the post...are they members of your family?
Madi and Mom

DrSoosie said...

Very nice. I have to admit I am more a dog person...but I did have a cat once. I loved her but in some ways she kind of creeped me out. She would bite me when I least expected...love nips the vet called them. Plus, she was too smart for her own good. She actually knew how to ope the door when we tried to shut her out of our room. Anyway, she was my on and only cat...I have stuck with dogs ever since.

TS Hendrik said...

I love it! That is a perfect description. You paired it with great pictures too.

Betty Manousos said...

Love your poem, interesting and informative I would say.
Cute pics !
Happy Tuesday!
B xx

Ms. A said...

My sister, the cat lady, would totally agree!

Ashley King said...

LOVE this. so cute!!! love the pictures of the kitties too. =) surprised Pat hasn't commented yet.... =)

Old Kitty said...

Oh wow!! Thank you so much for this poem!!! It's all so true!! "Cats sleep fat and walk thin" - how wonderfully put! This is where poetry could so aptly do instead of a million worded essay. Beautiful and inspired. I am really really enamoured by this poem.

I love this, thank you!

Take care

Ann said...

Great poem and it's the perfect description of a cat.

Anonymous said...

"He's not where he's been" made me stand up and take notice!

Pearl said...

Have always loved this one!

You've inspired me. Tomorrow's post is about my cat. :-)


One Photo said...

You find some wonderful poetry to share with us on your blog. This is such a lovely portrayal of a cat.

Theresa Milstein said...

What a fun poem! The first cat looks exactly like mine! I love cats.

SquirrelQueen said...

I love it! So much fun and all so true. Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem.

Jimmy said...

From owning cats over the years, let me re phrase that from having cats that owned us over the years I can relate to this poem.

Very nice Betty and the pictures are Great

Lola Sharp said...

I love this poem! That first line says it all.

(I also love the blue eyes on that second kitty)

I wish I wasn't allergic to cats. Alas, I have to stick with shed-free dogs.

Thanks for sharing this fun poem.


Ally said...

Betty, I love that you love kitties, birds, flowers and baked goods. You're too awesome :)


Maggie said...

Great poem..and so true! I love kitties..so those pics made me smile a big smile!

Kazzy said...

Beautiful kitty!

Tgoette said...

Great job, Betty! I have two cats, but unfortunately they don't inspire me like your pics do!

My Mind's Eye said...

Betty your kitties are beautiful!!!
What are their names?
Madi and Mom

ethelmaepotter! said...

Stopping by to say thanks for following me!

I like "A cat condenses." So true! The last picture looks like my dear departed Thelma Lou; she was hit by a car once and her hip was badly broken; even after $800 surgery, it never properly healed, and she developed arthritis in it. In the winter, when her joints ached so she found it difficult to move swiftly, she gained so much weight that her stomach sometimes literally brushed the floor! She'd run it off come spring. Such a darling; I miss her greatly.

Nikki said...

awwww what a sweet kitty!!!! love the poem too!

Linda said...

Thanks Betty for all your comments.
Your Kitty is so amazing. Lots of personality too.

Andrea said...

Oh, such sweet sweet kitties!!!

Pat said...

I love it! Very clever and true! I can't wait to read this to my daughter, who has 3 cats!


Cats are beautiful and majestic.... Too bad mine hates me!

Mary said...

Love it! I think I will read it to my cats....who will ignore me completely or walk out of the room.

Mrs. C said...

This is a great poem; I've used it in my classroom with eighth and ninth graders for years.

It is clear here that many--MOST!--of your readers believe that you authored this piece...In bringing good poetry to the masses, it is equally important to bring their good authors to new readers, as well.

This poem was written by Rosalie Moore, and a Google search can bring readers to many others of her fine pieces!

TESS said...

How great to find this poem! Thank you because I had clipped it from an old book one day and forgot to write down the author. Now I have the entire poem, thanks to you! (And Rosalie Moore)