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Old 06-30-2019, 03:24 PM
 
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The Naming Of Cats by T. S. Eliot

The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,

It isn't just one of your holiday games;

You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter

When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.

First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,

Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,

Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey--

All of them sensible everyday names.

There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,

Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:

Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter--

But all of them sensible everyday names.

But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,

A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,

Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,

Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?

Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,

Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,

Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-

Names that never belong to more than one cat.

But above and beyond there's still one name left over,

And that is the name that you never will guess;

The name that no human research can discover--

But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.

When you notice a cat in profound meditation,

The reason, I tell you, is always the same:

His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation

Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:

His ineffable effable

Effanineffable

Deep and inscrutable singular Name.

From (public domain):
The Naming Of Cats - Poem by T. S. Eliot


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Old 07-02-2019, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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How about cat haiku? These are some of my favorites:

You never feed me.
Perhaps I'll sleep on your face.
That will sure show you.

You must scratch me there!
Yes, above my tail!
Behold, elevator butt.

The rule for today:
Touch my tail, I shred your hand.
New rule tomorrow.

My small cardboard box.
You cannot see me if I
can just hide my head.

Terrible battle.
I fought for hours. Come and see!
What's a 'term paper?'

Small brave carnivores
Kill pine cones and mosquitoes,
Fear vacuum cleaner

Oh no! Big One
has been trapped by newspaper!
Cat to the rescue!
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Old 07-02-2019, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Venus
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The Cat of Cats by William Brighty Rands

I am the cat of cats. I am
The everlasting cat!
Cunning, and old, and sleek as jam,
The everlasting cat!
I hunt vermin in the night-
The everlasting cat!
For I see best without the light-
The everlasting cat!


Cat
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Old 07-02-2019, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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There once was a kitty named Cat
Who was a really furry spoiled brat

... Hmmm, other people can finish it for me.
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Old 07-02-2019, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Southern MN
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Oh wonderful! I've always loved the T. S. Eliot one, Kara.

"Love to eat them mousies
Mousies what I love to eat
Bite they little heads off
Nibble on they tiny feet."

Kevin Ludwig
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Old 07-03-2019, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Oh wonderful! I've always loved the T. S. Eliot one, Kara.

"Love to eat them mousies
Mousies what I love to eat
Bite they little heads off
Nibble on they tiny feet."

Kevin Ludwig
That is actually by B. Kliban. Kliban had a fat tabby cat sitting on a stool and strumming a guitar to accompany this poem.
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Old 07-03-2019, 07:42 AM
 
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When I purr
Don't infer
It's because you pat.

No, you pat
Because I purr.

I am the cat,
Don't forget that.

From Valerie Shaff's I Am the Cat, Don't Forget That: Feline Expressions
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Old 07-03-2019, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Southern MN
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That is actually by B. Kliban. Kliban had a fat tabby cat sitting on a stool and strumming a guitar to accompany this poem.
Aargh! My error and I "used" to know that. Thanks for correcting me. Kevin is the voice /guitar in this recreation of the cartoon:

https://youtu.be/LweTcDegxek
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Old 07-03-2019, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Southern MN
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***** Cat, ***** Cat

***** cat, ***** cat
Where have you been?
I've been to London
To look at the Queen

***** cat, ***** cat
What did you there?
I frightened a little Mouse
Under her chair.

Mother Goose

Edit: Oops - a censored children's rhyme!
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Old 07-03-2019, 08:39 AM
 
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Fog
BY CARL SANDBURG

The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
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