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12 February 2016

Cat-Lover's Turn-Around

I shall not have again, I said,
a slinky feline all my own.
It’s time for me to live alone
now that all those I loved are dead.

I need no purrs to share my bed
nor paws to wake me every morn.
I shall not have again, I said,
a slinky feline all my own.

Famous last words! There came a need.
Oh, beautiful – and lacks a home.
So much for solitude. Instead,
by grace and happenstance, I’ve won
a slinky feline all my own.


















A Rondel for Meeting the Bar, at dVerse. (I see too late that I've made mistakes in the rhyme scheme, but can't find a good way to fix it now.)


Photo © Rosemary Nissen-Wade 2016. This photo is mine and should not be copied or used in any way without permission. 

18 comments:

  1. Perfect in form...and I resonate so much with this, having just gotten another cat 3 months after the last one passed. They are such a comfort. ;)

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    1. (Smile.) Glad I'm not the only one. In my case 5 months after. I did enjoy my temporary freedom, however don't regret this decision one bit.

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  2. So good there are those homeless cats in need... they do tie us down don't they? My mother had cats until she couldn't her self any longer... but I can still see the sorrow in her eyes when she now is cat-less.

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  3. "I shall not have again, I said,
    a slinky feline all my own".

    Finest of all read. Nice one.

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  4. This is such a beautiful & touching write :D

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  5. Well it turned out well in the end...you and your cat in perfect company ~

    Suggestion: I would repeat the first and last line with:

    I shall not have again

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion, dear Grace, but I don't quite get it in terms of meaning :(

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  6. This poem makes me smile, Rosemary. And this cat seems to be the purr-fect match for you!

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  7. I so agree. This gave me big amiles!

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  8. a cute find...and so well placed in this Rondel :)

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  9. Love. You are the lucky one!

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  10. Rosemary, I love this all the more for having seen your stories of your new furry love on Facebook. Wonderful!

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  11. I had followed some of your early challenges with your new kitty on Facebook, Rosemary, and I'm so glad that it worked itself out between the two of you. I love your poem about your new feline friend! Thanks for joining in!

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  12. Hope you enjoy a wonderful friendship with your new cat!

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  13. Smiling I am! Delightful....or should I say purrrrfect! :) And I hope you named this new feline Beautiful? Fun fun fun! And very well done!

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    1. Smiling back! No; she is nearly eight years old and had the name Queenie, which I dislike, so I re-named her Selene (moon goddess) which rhymes with Queenie but I think suits her even better.

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  14. I am glad you have each other. My father in law has a cat that he loves. They keep each other company.

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  15. Ah.. sMiles.. my friend
    after letting go of
    a dear grey friEnd..
    my wife and i just
    talked about how
    we never picked
    out a cat..
    the neighbor's
    cats rebeLLed
    and owned
    us
    instead..
    cats feel
    love.. sadly
    most people
    onLY kNow..:)

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