Be a cat


“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”  – Ernest Hemingway 




We do not have nine

Only one – allocated

Much shorter than you think

Racing – a comet in the night

Be a cat


Think of the graceful feline

Encountering something new

The nose begins to twitch

Whiskers poised and ready

Be a cat


Curiosity in all things

Absorb all you can

Touch it, feel it,

Make love to it

Be a cat


Take pleasure in your body

It’s keeping you together

Treat it kindly

Any shortcomings are cerebral

Be a cat


Drink this life in

Champagne – tickles, savor it

Take a lesson from felines

Relish it all, retrace pleasure

Head first, into the new

Be a cat


Rejoice in the night

Solitude, darkness, peace

Wondrous world to explore

All, different – alive

Be a cat


Don’t waste it

No feline ever would

Satisfy your urges

Le chat never postpones

Sharing pleasure –

Makes the world go around

Be a cat


Only the feline

Curls up

Relives her pleasures

Then rises to do them

Again, again and again

Be a cat






Author: Léa

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

18 thoughts on “Be a cat”

      1. Just taken a quick look at your lovely cats. I have one, recently adopted, a little black neutered female. She’s still training me but we’re getting there.

  1. Lea, absolutely spot on, love the inspiring lines of how we should be care free and true and honest with ourselves and our lives! Just like a cat! I’ve had many, and they are each so unique!

    1. Linda, thank you. There are at least two other ‘cat’ poems in that blog. In December it will be six years of the poetry blog and the French blog I started that November. You are so right about cats. You know Mark Twain had sixteen! Even Hemingway loved cats.

      1. My allergies are not bad enough to keep me from having a cat, it is the asthma that does cause problems. Colette is a short hair and we managed quite well but Simone is shedding so much right now, it is a trial.

      2. As you know, life is filled with stories and/or poems. Cats were a part of that rugged journey that started in California and brought me here. Here, I found both home and myself. What more can one ask for?

  2. This is a lovely post. Thanks for sharing! We adopted three rescue cats Ziggy (tabby) and his two black sisters Ebony and Nera and they provide us with a lot of comical interludes at home! I have a poetry blog here on WordPress and some of my poems are about cats in case you have time to look? Have a good day, Sam 🙂

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