“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
They call her
Total lack of moralitié
She prowls about
Sampling all the treats
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
Perchance to dream
43 thoughts on “La chatte”
nice post! Love the kitty ..she is gorgeous!
Thanks for checking out one of my blogs. The cat I found in a nearby village and just couldn’t resist!
love kitty but the cat on your pict look anger.. 😀
No, he was actually very sweet. Looks can be deceiving!
Great pic to accompany great words, she looks like a real character! ♥
She was a very sweet cat in a nearby village and I couldn’t resist. Thanks for following one of my blogs.
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!
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.” 🙂
Aha! I like that title very much!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Hi Lea, I have added your poem for purrsday poetry for next week. 🙂
I am honoured. Pablo is busy getting me trained and has been in residence for two full weeks. 🙂
😀 we need photos of Pablo haha
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. 🙂
It’ll take some time but a loving environment will
It is just the two of us with him in charge. Perhaps my background in psychology will help? 😉
Cat psychology hmmm you may have to apply reverse psychology. At least someone who studied psychology always tells me that with cats LoL
Actually, I worked at a private counselling centre and in Child Protection.
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 😡
For many of us, it was more than a job.
Very true! And I do admire people that do this. It’s all about helping people. 🙂
Ah, while that is true, many of us started out on the rough, like my dear friend Pablo… 🙂
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. 😉
Haha. I’m sure he will praise the day you two met each other 😉
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? 😉
Haha true 🙂
Good ol’ Mark Twain. He did have a way of summing things up, didn’t he?
Of course he had up to 16 cats to inspire him! Yes, I am a fan.
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Beautiful tribute to the supreme being….the feline. Thanks for the pearls in this compelling poem, Lea.
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.
Just to warn you, Colette has just launched her blog… https://lesdeuxdivasmavieenrose.wordpress.com/
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…
Perhaps you would be the first to check out my new feline blog, actually my cats. https://lesdeuxdivasmavieenrose.wordpress.com/ Thanks!
Merci beaucoup mon ami!