I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world,
to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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30 January 2015

My Black Cat

My black cat,
my handsome black cat,
the perfect cat for a witch,
is named Levi. His other name is
'familiar'.

When I cast
my magic circle
on the night of the full moon
my black cat is with me, and also
the fairies.

He grows old,
this dear cat. Me too.
Sometimes, when the weather's cold
only the fairies dance, by the light
of the moon.















At dVerse Meeting the Bar this time, Tony Maude invites us to try an extended (or expanded) cinquain with one extra syllable per line than the form invented by Adelaide Crapsey. What this version might be called is still being debated, but the term Maudern cinquain, suggested by one user, is proving popular. Although Tony himself feels it would be arrogant for him to use it. I have no such constraint and am adopting it forthwith. This poem is a sequence of three of them. 

44 comments:

  1. nice...we have had cats for longer than we have had children...
    if i was going to have a familiar as well...a cat is not a bad choice...
    i am pretty sure my cat knows everything that is going on...ha

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    1. Oh yes, they are very wise and intuitive. :)

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  2. That was gorgeous -- thanks for the tour of the magic rituals , the cat and all those feelings.

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  3. Cats are such independent creatures; you are privileged indeed if one allows you to share its life.

    Enjoyed reading this, Rosemary,

    Tony

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  4. a witch and her cat growing old together...very sweet poem.

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  5. I liked this - and the image invoked of dancing under the moon

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  6. Yes...it happens to us all.

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    1. As I like to remind myself — the alternative's worse!

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  7. Truly, our pets are treasures.

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  8. Oh! Beautiful. My cat, too: Miracle is 20 and doesn't dance much anymore.

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    1. 20 is a great age for a cat. You have obviously taken very good care of Miracle, who deserves the name. :)

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  9. I adore cats, but sadly I am allergic.
    This is a sweet and quite magical write...

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  10. My family have had cats since I grew up.. and I recall how the last cat was by my parents for many years after me and my sisters moved out.. I like Brian's comment, that cats stay home longer than kids.. We have not gotten any cat, but there are great cats in our neighborhood that we can enjoy.

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    1. Although I am a cat person, I like dogs too — and in my neighbourhood there are other people's dogs with whom I have great relationships. (Smile.)

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  11. We are dog people but Levi is a handsome fellow. Lovely poem to him.

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    1. I sometimes call Levi my cat-dog, or even address him as 'Dog', as he is very dog-like in some of his behaviours, e.g. coming when I whistle.

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  12. Great poem, Rosemary. Now I cannot help wondering how your cat got to be called Levi.

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    1. I don't know, Gabriella! I 'inherited' him at 7 months old from someone who could no longer keep him. I never found out why she chose that name.

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  13. Heartwarming and makes my heart ping at the same time. "He grows old, this dear cat. Me too." Tears. Me too, kiddo.

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  14. Soon as I saw this kitty all I could think of was his name being Binks. Levi is a good name too though. If cats could read I think Levi would love this poem you wrote.

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    1. I think he is rather too regal for Binks, lol! He loves most things I do, and puts up with the rest.

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  15. I am more of a dog person, but my son wanted a cat last year and got a black one. I wrote a poem about him once titled "We Should Have Named Him Trouble." But he can be pretty loveable when he wants to. Peace, Linda

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    1. I think it's hard to live with any pet animal without getting to love it. :)

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  16. I'm allergic to cats but I like your image of the circle cast by the witch with her cat and of their aging together.

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  17. It is grand to have good company! They purr but no talking back! That is fun, Rosemary!

    Hank

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    1. Believe me, he does his best to talk back at times!

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  18. Loved the last one. You craft a magical world with your words. :-)
    -HA

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  19. This made me miss my long gone cats; it's wonderful to have magical companions.

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  20. smiles.. she sounds like a good friend, your cat... and this reads wonderfully magically

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  21. I now leave dancing to the fairies too. Excellent write.
    Anna :o]

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