Feline Dream...

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

The musings of a bookworm without his best friend

I do wish I had a cat. Cats are fluid, slinking as they please, lethargic like candle wax. Pawing silently, until they aren't, of course. A cat is a friend you can share things with, a pal you can read with, a partner you can doze off with. Their jeweled eyes shine like a kid's on his birthday, uwrapping a brand-new set of marbles. Their curious nature is fascinating, the fashion in which they examine your life riveting.

I wish I was curious like a cat.

But never mind that. Cats are bold, limber, sleek, slender. They can wear their fur short and sharp. They can dress in fluffy cashmere coats. They can live their day without putting any fur on at all, and we still love them. They come in black, white, orange, yellow, brown. Sometimes they wear two colours, three, sometimes all five. With every variance in hue and texture, a cat knows its worth.

I wish I was worth something to a cat.

But never mind that. As a reader, an owner of many books yet to be consumed, I reflect on the nature of literature and its purpose to the individual. It can teach, yes; it enlightens, yes; it entertains, it soothes, it transports, yes. Books are nice, but too often is the notion asserted that books are a single-player game, a magic train with only one passenger seat. Books can and should be shared. Words are open to every ear near. You only need one passenger seat if your travelling partner is small enough to rest in your lap.

I wish cats had a mind to share like that.

Oh, cat. I'll meet you someday. I'll save you from a life of loneliness. I'll feed you well and make you at home. I'll prepare you a cozy place in the chair of my lap. Just don't needle the hand that reads to you, and we'll be the best of friends. The end.


Submitted: November 13, 2020

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Serge Wlodarski

Everyone should have a cat. And a squirt gun, that's the best way to keep them from clawing the curtains.

Fri, November 13th, 2020 9:17pm

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Yes, this is good. Comments from people who actually know what it's like to own cats are good

Fri, November 13th, 2020 1:29pm

88 fingers

Very good article. I have been feeding a feral cat who comes to my door for about a year now. But he won't come in or let me get to close to him.
Try going to a rescue shelter. I'm sure a cat would like to be kept fed and warm with a kind hearted person with books to enjoy. :#

Fri, November 13th, 2020 10:46pm

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