Cat poetry has been around for a long time. And why not? Cats are just so intriguing, even if you prefer not to have one sharing a house with you.
Having slept, the cat gets up,
yawns, goes out
to make love.
Now you can get your cat poetry via our fun “Cats” playlist. From Cat Power (the group); to Cat Stevens (the individual artist); to Spanish, French, and German cat lyrics, we’ve got it all… even Rocky! (Eye of the Tiger). Click play, and start up our new writing theme for the month: Cats.
Try out an Issa-style cat poem. Give us a simple picture of a cat doing something… simple. Three lines. That’s all you need.
Thanks to our participants in last week’s poetry prompt. Here’s a recent ghazal we enjoyed from Maureen…
Charming Billy: A Mash-up Ghazal
Oh, where have you been, Billy boy, Billy boy?
Write a letter to me, love, don’t be coy, Billy boy.
The cat’s in the cupboard and he can’t see us.
And Daddy’s gone a hunting. Jump for joy, Billy boy.
Mid pleasures and palaces, bells are sweetly ringing.
We are floating in sunshine. Yes, attaboy, Billy boy!
Sixty minutes make an hour. My babe to sleep he goes.
O fiddle-de-dee, O baby dearest, I can’t enjoy Billy boy.
The skies with storms are laden. Nature calls but calls in vain.
Softly sighs the voice of evening, you me annoy, Billy boy.
Bobby Shafto’s gone to sea now; his training’s just begun.
And when the drumbeats call to war, you’ll too deploy, Billy boy.
Oh, diddle, diddle dumpling, my Highland laddie’s gone.
And if a frog he would a wooing, I would destroy Billy boy.
All is still in sweetest rest, Maureen. Thou needst no longer weep.
A ship, his ship’s a sailing. So bid ahoy, Billy boy
Photo by alessandrobl, Creative Commons, via Flickr.
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