Tuesday, 20 May 2008
A Cornucopia of Cat
Conflict calming, drama diffusing, politic purging
Sorrow soaking, tenderness transfixing
Pass the pussy please,
It’s my turn now
To tell the cat what I cannot tell my mother
Who's corrected me oft enough she's 'not the cat's mother'.
It makes me smile to recall how the cat played conduit
Confessor, counsellor, confidante
Each member of the family confiding all
Seeking complicit approval for controversial schemes
Unsolved ice cream thefts and reams of dreams.
Conferring on fur
The affections we found so awkward on flesh
Passed down our generation through lap cat osmosis
The unconditional purring furball's
Silence bought for a tin of tuna.
And so useful a parental screen for those embarrassing TV moments
'Aw, look what Sooty's doing!' when simulated sex scenes threatened
Our best-ever soft toy, obligingly akimbo, cute-ing it to the max.
He lapped up our toxic tensions like
They were the finest caviar.
Never a sick moment.
Knitted the family dynamic with a purr for a purl
And his head always smelled nice
(yawn exquisitely foul).
A chat with le chat
Was better than therapy
The shame my sister won 'Sooty', over my more dignified 'Ponsonby'
© LS King 2008
*VIP = 'Very Important Puss'. Naturally.
*'Sooty' is here modelled by my parents' cat 'Tiggy' (not v. sooty as you can see). I'll have to hurry up and master photoshop. Or spraypaint him.