Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Must I Stay A Human?

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I’m wondering where that cat went.
All day she was prowling around my yard.
First swatting at beetles
then prodding the earth for that pink worm’s head.

Cats are so oblivious to anything
but their own whims and desires
they fascinate with twitches . . .
They are the lovers of pounce!

Someday, I might like to return as one
soft pawed and green eyed
filled with lusty desire to discover
all things . . . moveable and flittering

I might like to ogle at goldfish
in the neighbors pond
and dream of cleaning bones with my raspy tongue
swallowing their last bits of salty flesh.

Yes, I would like to be a cat
full of purrs and curled up limbs
bewitching glances and arched back tilting
towards the one who fluffs my bed on the windowsill.

God, make me a cat!
I promise I’ll be kind to little finches in the bush
just a feather or two for old times sake
just a small devilish twist in air to remind me

. . . I’m a cat!

Joanne Cucinello 2007


  1. Ohhhhh....DELICIOUS!! I love this! I smiled all the way through this masterpiece in feline fun! You have such a way with words no matter the venue....

  2. Thank you, Margaret! I am a dog lover at heart, but this day I spent with my friend's little feline totally entranced me! How different they are from dogs and from any creatures I've known. Captivated was I, so much so that this poem came tumbling out!

  3. I have to say Joanne, I kinda really like the way you write!! It is sooo straight forward and frank, that it gets through to the reader!!!
    Nice post!!

  4. Thanks so much, Kaibee.
    I really appreciate your comments.
    Have a wonderful day!


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