Sunday, October 24, 2010

CCXIII - In Praise of Killing Cats

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Sunday Scribblings has a topic today called 'Curious'.


In Praise of Killing Cats

I wont win the hearts of the pussiphiles,
Those lovers of all things kitty and catty;
Like scratching posts of carpet scraps,
I’ll find myself shredded and tatty.

But someone must say what needs to be said:
Our survival is a cause for despairing.
Children are masters of asking ‘why?’
But us adults have given up caring.

T’was curiosity that drove the great minds
To explore and to paint and discover.
Science presents as a loyal spouse
But, ever tempting, curiosity is your lover.

We must embrace curiosity passionately,
For the future will not be forgiving.
And, if we lose a cat or two along the way,
It’s not too high a price for living.

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© J Cosmo Newbery

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29 comments:

  1. Is it not being a curious thing that cats are being worshipped and you are not being so venerated?

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  2. Curiosity is worth the trade of a few kitties I guess! Nicely done..Jae

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  3. Nicely done! Not to worry, because if curiosity killed the cat, satisfaction brought it back! :)

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  4. Let me know when you're in my area so I can lock my cat up! Meanwhile, your rhyming talents are urgently needed over at

    http://wwwguilty-with-an-explanation.blogspot.com

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  5. But someone must say what needs to be said:
    Our survival is a cause for despairing.
    Children are masters of asking ‘why?’
    But us adults have given up caring.

    LOVE THIS! Fun read!

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  6. very clever!! now if we just had nine lives instead of the one!!

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  7. Oh, I am a cat lover but I believe cats have nine lives anyway.;)
    Have a great week,
    xoxo

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  8. Your sharp intellect slices through your poetry and, for that, you deserve to be lauded and applauded... more than any show bird... okay, stop preening now... Great writing.

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  9. I totally admire your ability with rhyming - you know how to make words dance.

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  10. This is a delight and the last two lines left me with a big smile on my face!

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  11. You really are a genious at word weaving!

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  12. As always dear J Cosmo you have weaved and fashioned a wonderful and clever piece of poetry, of course we can be curious, but that does not mean we have to kill cats, the poor moggies get enough bad press as it is.
    I love my feline friends and I must be agreeing with the very wise comment from Princess Tikka Masala on this one! xoxo ♡

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  13. Very clever. Very fun. I'm glad that no real cats were maimed in the creation of this excellent poem. Killing theoretical cats is noble sacrifice, however. Pussiphiles? Feliphiles?

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  14. Good point. And we will never be without cats, in any event.

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  15. the eyes of the cat truly evoke one's curiosity.
    smart poem.

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  16. Clever rhyming Mr. Newberry! Not being a cat lover I shed no tears at their non-appearance in my garden ... and throw stones when they do. They eat birds for fun ...and I don't much care for this cavalier behaviour.

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  17. Haaa! My sister and I have a long running 'cat killing' joke from her vet school days: we were going to start a hotel for cats called "Hotel Catifornia" - a place where you can always check in, but will never leave.... Now that she's a real DVM, I think she's being kinder to kitties... xxx

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  18. I like this :) Having screwed up my courage and stepped forth into the unknown, I discover all sorts of possibilities!

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  19. In my early days with a Detective Agency I myself worked undercover to apprehend local miscreants who caught felines for animal experimentation purposes. However, I soon developed an allergy to the fake cat whiskers and had to find other Employment.

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  20. Hello Sir!! You haven't posted for a while and I've been wondering if you're okay... Please feel free to leave a comment at my blog to let me know you're okay.

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  21. Love your blog and your amazing poetry :)
    All the best
    Marinela x

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  22. no story, just curiously wondering where you've been ...!
    xxx

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  23. eh, i see we are stlil killing cats over here ..
    anyway, have a great christmas, newbery!

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  24. Hope next year brings you much laughter and joy .. and new poetry!

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  25. wherever you are, whatever you are doing ..
    i wish you a happy new year!

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