Cats/Poems

Cats, poetry and pantoum.

Folksong and Fantasy

I’ve not been able to write much this month. I won’t bore you with explanations; suffice it to say I’m a bit down and at such times things spiral. Anyway, here’s a poem about trying to write poems.

Poems and cats, alas, cannot be coaxed.
They come not at your will but their own.
To attract either, you must find a way
To show you have dismissed them from your mind.

They come, not at your will but their own.
The trick is to have other tasks on hand
To show you have dismissed them from your mind
Since they are curious and contrary.

The trick is to have other tasks on hand
(Paint the wall; bake a cake; dig the garden);
Since they are curious and contrary
They come when it is least convenient.

Paint the wall, bake a cake, dig the garden…
Poems and cats, alas, cannot be…

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

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