Poem by: Maij
observation, life, poem, woman, cats, daydream
Submitted: December 01, 2011
© Copyright 2016 Maij. All rights reserved.
See what I mean? Very sophisticated, and it's all you. Also, given the subject, which is often times the butt of jokes, you have given the woman a little dignity and understanding. This is probably one of the best poems I've EVER read. I don't like cats much (I'm a dog person), but I found this piece to be rather endearing. She is quite the mystic creature, the cat lady. We all know her. Mine lives two blocks away. Not only is her house filled with cats, but she feeds all the strays as well. There's AT LEAST a dozen dishes in her yard right now. This is one of those universal pieces that everyone can relate to (if they live on planet Earth, that is) as soon as reader reads the first two lines/stanzas. It also had quite a lovely ending. I just loved the last stanza. Very endearing indeed.
Oh my gosh, I’m freaking out over here! (Figuratively and literally) Thank you so, so much Gideon! I can tell you how much I admire your work, so for you to leave a comment like this really means the world to me! My face is beginning to hurt; I can’t stop smiling! I really was intending to portray the cat lady as more than just the pathetic and somewhat creepy stereotype associated with her; I wanted to give her guardianship over these animals some purpose and dignity and I’m SO happy you felt that way about it! Thank you again for taking the time to read; I’m sitting on cloud 99+ :D
Wow, this is brilliant. I absolutely loved the random subject you chose to centre this poem around. The authenticity you weave into something that you heavily stylize around your own flow is really fantastic. Like Gideon wrote, you have a high-level of sophistication in your works - that's one of the main reasons I love your poems. Your literature is very manipulative with the English Language - your works are three-dimensional; like a maze, you find ways to carve the same path through many different channels with your words. This cat lady wasn't your stereotypical, crazy woman people love to giggle at; you gave her depth and also allowed the reader to discern some understanding in regards to the lady's life.
It's funny, because the cat lady persona almost sounds like a myth, but there are so many of them and their characters always seem the same - my old next door neighbour was a university lecturer and she was also a cat lady. She was divorced and didn't speak to her daughter and she had about 8 cats - the interior of her home was literally a mountain of books and the back yard looked like the Amazon jungle. But she was a wonderful woman though - even as a kid, I sensed she was lonely. It really is sad when you think about it at times.
Anyway, this was fantastic, Martine. Yet again do you not only deliver, but you also surpass :)
^_^ I’m so happy you liked this poem Nik! Thanks so much for these beautiful comments! I really was aiming to create an atmosphere and paint a picture that the reader cold experience and I’m so happy you felt that way about it. Yes, the cat lady is a lonely reclusive old woman whose only solace is being in the company of her animal family, but I think she deserved to be seen in a different light (unlike the screaming, cat-hurling catlady of The Simpsons, haha :). I wanted her to seem like a real person who’s gone through struggles that people don’t think about before they judge her(very much like the former neighbor you mentioned in your comment). Once again I thank you for reading, and leaving such a kind and thoughtful comment; it really does mean a lot coming from you??
I liked it! Would not have used the word stench, doesn't fit with the mood of the poem. Really liked the rest of it, vivid descriptions that don't describe a cat lady, but a lady who has love to give, and chooses to give it to cats.
Hey Bob! Thanks a ton for reading; I really appreciate you taking the time to fulfill my request :) I know the word ‘stench’ sounds a little harsh and create juxtaposition in the calm mood of the poem, but that’s why I chose to keep that word in there. I felt it made her seemingly repulsive odor (which is common for her) seem… endearing. I hope that makes sense t you ^_^ I’m really very happy you liked this poem and I thank you for the comments; they are greatly appreciated??
This poem paints a darling picture. I am imediately reminded of Rose from the titanic movie when she was old, especially the eyes!
You are very poetic in your descriptions!
Hey Fox ^_^ Thanks a lot for reading! I'm really glad you liked this poem. And yes, I also had the elderly version of the character Rose from the Titanic in mind too! (Have you been peeking inside my head?)It’s so weird that you said that! I also wanted my catlady to seem like more than just an eccentric, elderly woman who people judged based off her appearance; I wanted her to seem endearing and I’m so very happy that you felt that way about her! Once again, thanks a ton for taking my request and leaving such a nice comment. It’s very much appreciated Fox??
This is amazing hunni!! Truly amazing!!
Hey Rose! Thanks a lot for fulfilling my request! I’m so happy you liked this poem??
very interesting !
Hi Honeysuckle! Thanks a ton for reading! :)
Beautiful description of the scenery. I love poems that makes you think deeper. Great work. GunNY
Hi G :) Thanks so much for taking my request and commenting! I'm really happy you liked this poem and its scenery. Thanks again for reading??
hey martine...hey again, see i'm one curious little girl...so i came here and lo....behold....every one above me covered what i wanted to say...sorry...i'll go for a reapeat though...the first two lines,i didn't understand anything...then i suddenly got it....woah, i haven't seen a cat lady in my entiiiiiiiiiire life....ok, don't laugh at me, but my grand dad is a cat-gentleman...lol...whatever the term for that is.... my childhood home was filled with cats and maybe thats why i got frustrated with animals...the cats and the lady reminded me so much of the current state of my grandfather... he never speaks much...keeps to himself in his house...its so scary...ok, ok, coming back to your poem....it was sophisticated, well-written, clever and i have to say slightly passionate...ok, and then, the vibes i got...you gave her a little something...a kind of magic..yeah, something like a dignified persona....she looks so content but she isn't...the last few lines says it all...she was lonely...all in all, i gotta agree with nik and mammy...you are amazing...lots of love...XOXOXOXO
Hi Isis :) Thanks so much for taking the time to read and leave such a wonderful comment! I wouldn’t laugh at you, the cat lady is almost mythological; you do have a strong grasp on what consists of a ‘cat person’, so you’re right on! I really did intend to make her seem more dignified and respectable in her reclusive nature and I’m happy you picked up on those themes. I also intended for her to seem a little more special that the common stereotype, almost surreal or as you said, magical. Again, I thank you so much for the thoughtful comment Isis, I really do appreciate it??
Oh Marty, how do you feed your brain? It seems that it is ever-hungry? Your imaginations are soooooo wide... I still wonder about the choice of your theme - cat lady? Haha but, you proved here, according to me, no matter what the topic/theme is you'll nail that with élan... That was so great... I now curse my poetical ineptitude... This is sooo well weaved and looks shining...
Loved it!!!! Love is a word much bigger than 'like', right????
Take care :)
Thanks a bunch for such encouraging and thoughtful comments Arun! I'm glad you got a kick out of this random poem, you’re too hard on yourself; I demand that you stop it! :) You’re an awesome writer and I really appreciate your comments??
oh, you are so good! golden tongued women. so, so smooth. you are blossoming and beautiful. lovely painted scene, with the mood of loneliness and contentment at the same time. and you're branching out. you are one of the few that i see growing and growing and growing. glad to have met you.
:) Wow Bruce thanks a ton! I'm gratful that you took time out to give this poem a read, so another thank you! It means a lot that you think I'm growing, that comment really has made my day. Thanks again for the lovely comments??
very pretty, but you realize that lame cannot refer to a deaf condition of the hears, right? lame refers to an inability to use one's legs. :)
Thanks so much for reading. Yes, I do know that 'lame' refers to one inability to use ones legs properly, but I used it not only because it is synonymous with disability but because of the way it sounded. I often base my word choice on how it sounds in a piece rather than its specific meaning or proper context. For instance, I named a poem "Sweetness Death" because I liked how awkward and unusual the words sounded together :) Thanks again for reading and commenting??
You made a beautiful piece of work out of such a random subject! You gave light to the character of a cat lady in a way no one has ever done before. You writing is always such a pleasure to read, but this one genuinely surprised me and made me smile. Excellent job, as always :)
Hi Faith :) thanks so much for reading! I'm really happy to hear that this piece pleasantly surprised you in such a way. I felt like taking a risk and deviating from my central themes of love and nature while holding on to the main underling theme of human connection which is the main influence of my writing. Again, I'm so glad you understood this poem and felt the true and real nature of a character that society has deemed cliche; thank you??
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