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



Author: Léa

A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.

43 thoughts on “La chatte”

    1. Hi Holly, I do love cats. Thank you and I shall look forward to reading your piece. Quotes seem to find me, and I perhaps will look for one from time to time. I took a famous quote and twisted it a bit for the title of my second chapbook. “Lies, damned lies and poetry.” 🙂

    1. 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.

  1. 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!

    1. 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!

      1. Absolutely. Yet he was not treated well where he came from and it may take some time to get the shots I am hoping for. A dear friend came by for a visit last evening and he went wild, he was terrified. She is a young and very gentle woman from Thailand and loves kitties. We must be patient with monsieur. He is worth the wait. 🙂

      2. It is just the two of us with him in charge. Perhaps my background in psychology will help? 😉

      3. Cat psychology hmmm you may have to apply reverse psychology. At least someone who studied psychology always tells me that with cats LoL

      4. I always find it sounds extremely stressful to do such a job. Very rewarding at the end from what I hear from my friend but all the emotional parts of it sound like a lot to take on 😡

      5. Ah, while that is true, many of us started out on the rough, like my dear friend Pablo… 🙂

      6. Mais oui. 😦
        But I am one of the lucky ones. Not only am I still here, I am living a dream I never dared to dream. My hope is that despite Pablo’s rough start, he will have a happy life even if it means putting up with me. 😉

      7. I will just be grateful to have him sing to me (Purr, purr…) and keep my lap warm. What better when reading or working on the computer? 😉

    1. Merci beaucoup mon amie! I was just at the house where I found that cat on Sunday, it was gone, but I did speak to the people who lived there about her. She was an artists cat.

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