Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Tale of an Ungrateful Kitty

Thought for the day:  An invisible man married an invisible woman. Their kids were nothing to look at, either.

I've been poking fun at the English language lately, so I thought about writing a short Ogden Nash-type poem using words ending in ough to make fun of the fact that those words have so many different pronunciations.

Well, as they say, the best-laid plans of mice and men ...

I did write a poem, but it isn't Ogden Nash short. (or Ogden Nash clever) Has some ough words in it, but I ended up having more fun telling the tale than fulfilling the original premise. So, here it is, a silly little poem. It's based on a true story, and although I got away with batting my eyes back then, I was young, lithe, and lovely at the time. I'm afraid if I tried to pull that stunt now, my hubby would haul me off to the eye doctor.

A Silly Little Poem

'Twas one in the morning, I vow,
When I heard a cat meow from a bough.
High up in a tree,
He seemed helpless to me.
Begged I, "Please get him down now."

With a frown, my man gave a cough,
Said, "No need to get the cat off.
He made his way up;
He can make his way down."
And I batted my eyes, sure enough.

'Twas sleeting and icy, so rough,
But my sweetie, so tender, so tough,
Climbed up on our ladder,
But that didn't matter;
To the cat, it wasn't enough.

The cat pulled back out of reach;
My man yelled, "Son of a beech!"
He stretched a bit more
To the kitty so poor,
And the cat gave a God-awful screech.

'Twas dark, so I couldn't quite see,
But the cat came tearing past me.
He'd run down my sweetie
And clawed off some meatie,
So I figured in trouble I'd be.

"No more!" my man roared to me.
"Next time, we leave the cats be.
We don't need no damned ladder;
It just doesn't matter.
Have you ever
Seen bones
In a tree?"

Until next time, take care of yourselves. And each other.

Me? I think I'll do some editing, and just ...

hang around


  1. Om my goodness, that was great and the follow up photo was just perfect.

  2. That was terrific! A poet you be...
    Catching a cat can be rough and sweetie seemed to have had enough, so if I had been you, a gift I would do, before your angry man said adieu.

  3. 'Clawed off some meatie'; I know just how he felt. Damned cats; our Freddie is fond of a bit of meatie too, usually from my arms.

    Great fun. Well done Susan.

  4. Hi, Delores. Glad you enjoyed it. Take care.

    Hi, Starting Over. And a poet you be, too! When we were kids, we'd say, "She's a poet and don't know, but her feet show it ... they're Longfellows."

    Hi, Cro. 'Tis in the nature of the beasties. Thank you, dear sir.

  5. The son of a beech line made me giggle.

  6. I remember that poem. Things from 50 years ago have not left my memory, however, where I put something two hours ago are gone forever in my mind.

  7. Hi-ya, Florida. Glad to give you a giggle.

    Hi, Starting Over. Maybe the poem reminds you of something you read years ago, but this one is brand spanking new. Just wrote every word of it this weekend. Honest!

  8. Susan, I was talking about your reply to me - you're a poet and don't know it. However, that was more a saying, not a poem.

    I knew the one you wrote for the blog was so totally you. It had your funny, original stamp on it. Sorry for the misconfusion, but I am a confused woman at times, doing my best to confuse everyone around me.

  9. I love it! Especially the line "Son of a Beech!"

  10. Hi, Starting Over. DUH! (Me, not you!)What a relief. Thanks for washing the mud out of my head.

    Hi, Kara. Thank you, ma'am.

  11. Hi, Danielle. Thank you. Glad you liked it, and I hope you're feeling better, now.

  12. Hello, I'm happy you "stalked" um "followed" me! I'm following you back too! I'm looking forward to reading your posts! Great poem btw!


  13. Hi, Mary. Welcome aboard! Thanks for returning the favor, and I look forward to reading your future posts, too. Glad you liked the poem.

  14. Great poem! Where on earth did you find a stunt cat? Julie

  15. We don't need no damned ladder;
    It just doesn't matter.
    Have you ever
    Seen bones
    In a tree?"

    Haha! The cutest ending. Ever :D

  16. Hi, Julie. Glad you liked it. As for the stunt kitty, I searched the stock pics on the Internet until I found a freebie shot I liked. There's a ton of great pictures out there!

    Hi, Austan. Thanks. Glad you liked it.

    Hi, Sam. The ending kinda wrote itself, because that's pretty much what my husband said! (expletives deleted!)