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Cat Poetry: Ancient Cat Poems


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Many fine cat poems focus on the easily-discernable. The ways of cats. Their postures and attitudes. But cats have a long history that can be plumbed and poeticized—from Egypt to China, Greece to Japan.

Poetry Prompt

Do a little research on the history of cats and human culture. Take us beyond the window seat (though that’s a fine place for a cat and a poem), and treat us to a cat poem with some details we wouldn’t have guessed.

Thanks to our participants in last week’s poetry prompt. Here’s a recent cat poem we enjoyed from Richard…

This Is Just To Purr

—after W.C. Williams

I have toppled
the dish
that was in
the kitchen

and what
I am telling you
more salmon

Don’t give me
Nine Lives anything
so dry
and so bland

—Richard Maxson

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6 Comments so far

  1. Thanks for posting my poem.

  2. This one may be a little too didactic, but here goes.


    These are my markings,
    a map of cul de’ sacs
    that leave you stranded
    in a wild evening, listening
    for what you imagine of me.
    Don’t look in my face expecting
    the fashioned gaze of a doll;
    cat’s eyes are narrow gates
    to inscrutable yesterdays;

    I see you through the blue ice—
    innate and tempered—
    that I survived, my lives
    of nine millennia, relics
    in palatable softness with claws,
    Re’s daughter, the fetching queen,
    guardian of the sun. Call Bes
    if you want a mouse catcher;
    you can call me…interesting.


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