"owned" by a cat

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: August 04, 2018

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Woke up at 2 am or so with thoughts in my head about Jezabel, my sweet cat who died last month. (This is now a little over a year ago on July 3rd when she passed.) 
 
 I've been waking up around 2 or 3 am every morning with memories of her.  I am collecting them and have started writing about her. I imagine I am ready to write her story, though I will do it slowly. They are happy memories, though I imagine writing about the end is going to be excruciating.
 
I've never written a poem before this...but here it is.

Hilariously, a couple of the stanzas came about because of Game Of Thrones... (See if you can figure out which lines they are G.O.T fans. ) Thank you G.O.T. for helping me write my poem,...HAHA! 

 

"OWNED" BY A CAT

(ODE TO JEZABEL)

Young kitten
So soft, so sweet
Mewing and kneading
Your soft little paw in my hand
Begging for food
Kneading love

Strong cat
walking, stalking as you do
Invisible tiger in the grass
"You don’t see me"
But I do

Sitting in the sun as if you own it
Sharpening claws on trees as if you own them
Sharpening claws on me.

I
I am smitten,
Owned by a cat 
Whose “eye kisses” make my day
Just a little more sweet.

The blanket is not mine
My legs are not mine
She sleeps between them
And insists on hogging the bed
Until the bed is not mine.

I am in love with a creature
Who wakes me with hairballs
Running around the house at night
Attacker of toilet paper rolls and socks

A tiny dragon slaying mice
Who pounces on spiders
And pulls birds from the sky
To lay them at my feet

small gifts of death from a queen

Surveyor of her kingdom

 

And now she lies in my arms
She who was so majestic
And hilarious
And still loved
"Help me" in her eyes
Hardly breathing, frail, and begging for relief
Her soft little paw in my hand

I will release her

Though it will haunt me all my life

H.D. Vesser


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