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A Cat Named Longing

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A Cat Named Longing

It sat there looking up with those
big soft kitten eyes, and I knew
it wanted me to help somehow.
I didnt know what to do for it
but at least I thought of food,
and once inside it let me know
the rest with mews and nuzzles:
It would stay, and I'd care for it
for as long as we both lived.

After a while I thought of a name
that seemed to fit, though it never came
on call or stayed when I asked it to.
Its name was: Longing To Write Poetry.
I fed it the best I had, cleaned up
after the little messes it made
and quietly disposed of hairballs.
I even tried to walk it once or twice,
but it wasnt a prose dog you could tether
and make it go where you wanted.

Once I tried to make it go away,
locked it out. You know how that went.
Back it came, and for a while I thought
it must be pregnant, it ate so much.
But I was destined to have just one
Longing To Write Poetry, and of course
one of those is always enough.
Its a big, luxuriant cat now
and it owns me, heart and hearth.

Its never caught its own food
but I have plenty, and it warms me
when the days turn cold and dark.
Warms me on the inside, where it lives.
I cant say more, because there just
isnt more to say. If you have
a Longing To Write Poetry
living inside you, you already know.
If you dont, you cant know.
© Copyright 2003 Ed Ratledge - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 11-19-2003 01:42 AM       View Profile for VAS   Email VAS   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for VAS

Yep, I know. Great metaphor...well, I'm a cat fancier.

Whether on the shoal or on the shore,
I'll seek the lighthouse evermore.

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wow...I love this!
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I cant say more, because there just
isnt more to say. If you have
a Longing To Write Poetry
living inside you, you already know.
If you dont, you cant know.


Yes, I know, too!!
Very good writing, my friend.  
Hugs
Ethel
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Ratleader,
   They're not alone.   I like it a bunch, too.   It sounds like you and I are of similar thought this week--I have a post of page 2 about poetry and the arts, entitled
Just a ship off the old dock.   If you haven't read it, you might try it.
   I really enjoyed this.
                         Sadelte  
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5 posted 11-19-2003 06:11 AM       View Profile for nakdthoughts   Email nakdthoughts   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nakdthoughts

just wonderful Ed...every line  *s

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If there was ever a cat
(and I love cats)
that belonged in my lap,
this one is it.

Library.
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I have that "longing" ..but I always seem to come up with hair balls?.....I had a dog named damn-it....I knew a guy who had a dog named "sit"......he was really smart..but kept getting confused....his owner would say here "sit"...the dog would take one step then sit....good write Rat...
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Ratleader,
An excellent write and brought thoughts of my cat back.

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*smiling at you*

your muse is purring
very very cool poem Ed...
so clever-- you are

Meeeeeeeeow...

When I'm with you my eyes are so wide ...
you reached right in my head and turned on the light inside
turned on the light in my mind.

David Gray

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Ed~

'I cant say more, because there just
isnt more to say. If you have
a Longing To Write Poetry
living inside you, you already know.
If you dont, you cant know.'


This write warms my heart~
*Huglets*
~*Marge*~

~*When the heart grieves over what it has lost,
the spirit rejoices over what it has left.
- Sufi epigram
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Wonderfuly expressed Ed...as always.

Eric
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But I was destined to have just one
Longing To Write Poetry, and of course
one of those is always enough.
Its a big, luxuriant cat now
and it owns me, heart and hearth.

Yes... it would. *S* I think most of us are so owned. *S*

This is magnificent, my friend... this cat lover thinks you've chosen the perfect metaphor... Both cat and longing can be aloof and inattentive... then demand our undivided attention without concern for our other needs. *S*

This wasn't what I expected from the title. *S* But I love it more with every reading. *S*
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Love the poem RL.
I have a little kitty cat her name is Bright Eyes.She's like a warm hot water bottle that is singing a beautiful melody in your lap.
See Ya
Love Bon-Bon
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HeeHee It's me again. I reread my last line I think it should read in my lap, not your lap or maybe.....it could be our lap.
Dahhhhh......Whatever.
See Ya
Bon
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Aww, shucks, I was having some really warming thoughts about that.....

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nicely done sir...


Lauren~

I had a dream last night
you came to me on silver wings of light
I flew away with you in painted sky
Was it real
Is it what you see,touch or feel

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Neat and clever metaphor.
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I love cats, especially poor little, lonely strays...

Me--ow. purr, purr....My name is longing..LOL!

enjoyed the way you described this! so intelligent!

~ARH

True poets don't write with the ink of quill or pen, but with the ink of their heart~
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Ed...I thought that was my cat!  Loved this poem of yours.
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