La chatte

“Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.” – Mark Twain

“Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.” – Jim Davis

“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.”- Albert Schweitzer

une chatte d’Albas

La chatte

They call her


Total lack of moralitié

She prowls about

Mon village

Sampling all the treats

On offer

Living by instinct

Reality not judgment

Despite nine lives

She knows how quickly

Today becomes the past

Her time is not to be wasted

Taking her pleasure

As she finds it

Satiated she moves on

In front of the fire


Her rough tongue

Traces a map of pleasure

Washing, always washing

Body memories – retracing her passion


She sleeps

Perchance to dream




About Léa

A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.
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41 Responses to La chatte

  1. rayannsom says:

    nice post! Love the kitty ..she is gorgeous!

  2. kofegeek says:

    love kitty but the cat on your pict look anger.. 😀

  3. beckarooney says:

    Great pic to accompany great words, she looks like a real character! ♥

  4. Oh, Lea, I love this… Nice to see an unsentimental cat poem… And I do rather love cats. Here’s a link to my own take on the feline state of mind…

    Also, I am enjoying very much how you find appropriate quotes for each post – it’s a lovely touch. Glad I’ve subscribed!

  5. Your poem shows great insight into the character of a cat. My two cats which are currently curled up near the fire could recognise themselves in your words.

    • leamuse says:

      How very kind. In my book, anyone who loves cats can’t be all bad! 🙂 While I currently do not have a cat, I care for the neighbors four cats when they are away and visit them often as we are good friends. Thanks for visiting and I hope you will stop by again.

  6. cindy knoke says:

    Sweetie cat! I remember the feral cats in Greece, especially on the island of Tinos. Nobody lived there. And in Rome. Have you visited the cat sanctuary in the Center? People are trying to close it. We visit every time we go.
    Another great poem.
    Love the quotations!

    • leamuse says:

      No doubt,you have noticed by now that I am a bit of a quote “junkie”. I cannot resist one I like. C’est la vie! Also, I must admit to being a cat lover. My neighbour found a starving kitten under the hood of his car less than two weeks ago. Where did he bring it? Of course. I now have a chaton noir or perhaps, she has me. 🙂 Unfortunately, I have not been to Italy yet. Perhaps one day… Merci Cindy!

  7. Marc-André says:

    Hi Lea, I have added your poem for purrsday poetry for next week. 🙂

  8. Pingback: Purrsday Poetry: Le chat | Katzenworld

  9. Ellen Hawley says:

    Good ol’ Mark Twain. He did have a way of summing things up, didn’t he?

  10. Reblogged this on The Life & Times of Zoe the Fabulous Feline and commented:
    Beautiful tribute to the supreme being….the feline. Thanks for the pearls in this compelling poem, Lea.

  11. noelleg44 says:

    There is a special part of my heart just for feral cats. I have tamed many of them, and they’ve come to live with me…

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