Little Ulysses

A different window for the dverse prompt


A piece of jungle beneath my window lies,

Dappled fauve in the afternoon heat.

Sleepy eyes watch with thinly veiled contempt

The disjointed movements of our graceless rush,

As regal, he drapes the cobblestones

With languid pelt of ocelot mottles

And spits in the eye of fawning hounds.

I wish him well on his wanderings

And all the luck the skies will lend.

Courage he has to spare,

To battle the monsters our unfriendly city sends.

Keep safe, run swift, remember home,

Little Ulysses of the streets.

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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.

60 thoughts on “Little Ulysses”

      1. Just the usual issues of unscrupulous neighbours who run noisy businesses that involve serving lots of alcohol to big mouthed customers, totally incompatible with a residential street and make me feel like buying a very big gun and mowing them all down. They feel that way about cats and dogs too ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. No, it isn’t, in theory, but getting something done about it requires lawyers and court action. There’s a tolerance of this kind of activity for certain groups and it makes me angry.

      3. Hmm.. The usual way of society. It’s not good but it’s not bad either. I wonder how long it will take before they realise it will become a menace.

      4. As you say, it’s how we’ve always muddled along. It is a menace because it makes ordinary people angry when they feel that they can’t have laws enforced.

      5. No wonder that the Revolution started in France because of the same reasons.. Hope someone learns soon enough..

      6. I remembered what happened in London(riots). Already there are no-go zones in Paris. The picture is looking rather gloomy..

      7. I’ve not heard of no-go zones in Paris. Some of the suburbs are pretty rough though. It all comes down to poverty and lack of prospects. That isn’t the problem in the city centres, it’s just lack of respect on the part of too many people, and the unwillingness of the authorities to offend the sensibilities of certain ethnic groups. They tend to have an influential business community and we all know what that means.

      8. My internet connection has become wobbly. So sorry for the delay in replying to the comment. I read it in The guardian…on my phone where they were talking about La Chapelle district. Than i think in June this year the issue again surfaced. Maybe it was a fake news. But travelling websites were also issuing this warning. I wonder if being ‘political correct’ is becoming more and more nuisance for the local populace.

      9. We’ve not had any reports on the national media so it’s probably nothing out of the ordinary. I saw a lot of footage of Paris on twitter, commented on and reposted by US Trump supporters, showing so called race/Muslim riots in Paris that were a) years old and b) very circumscribed. There are outbreaks of violence when someone dies in police custody and protests always attract the gangs who just want to burn cars, smash shop windows and throw stuff at the police. When you want to prove a point (in this case that all Muslims are violent terrorists) there’s always a bit of video footage you can trot out to back it up.

      10. Hmm.. I don’t know it was Trump.. Let me recall the June headlines mentioned Schiappa.. If I remeber correctly.. She was my best guess a minister.. The first incident was of a a call of petition.. I don’t know if it was about riots.. But you are the local.. It’s strange.. But suddenly the whole world is divided on the issue of immigrants..

      11. Nobody has ever liked immigrants and they’ve always had a raw deal, even in the US, let’s not pretend otherwise. It is true that the world is shrinking, more people are on the move, and there are more humane laws to protect minorities. The result can feel to the people at the bottom of the heap that the newcomers are getting preferential treatmentโ€”an explosive mix.

      12. I don’t think the problem can be tackled so easily. Yes there are humane laws. But the laws are humane in only 3%of countries around the world. Barring Europe, US and one or two countries in Asia like India, the rest of the world is not an attractive proposition for immigrants. So basically what you are getting is the world elites as well as poor staring at your shores.. It is bound to be explosive in times to come.. Irrespective of having some or other kind of merit or logic

      13. I don’t say there’s an easy solution. As you say, people want to go where life might be better, not worse. As long as the western economies were growing, businesses were keen to have the frontiers open to foreign workers. The ordinary people didn’t like them because there was always the fear that it would mean lower wages and jobs going to the people who weren’t declared or would accept to work for less. But they were absorbed, culturally too. Now the economies have slowed down, we all have unemployment in a big way, and a slowing birthrate, aging population. It is hard to cope with more unskilled workers, and sticking them in the areas that already have mass poverty and high unemployment is asking for trouble. If in addition you have well-meaning but wrong-headed (in my opinion) supporters of the right to cultural identity, you are just locking people into different groups all fighting against one another with no notion of all pulling in the same direction.

      14. I completely agree with your statement.(Especially the wrong- headed supporters of right) but the truth is why even when the economy is slowing down, the immigrants are not moving to countries with a better economic environment (for example China). This is because countries in these regions Middle East, East Asia (Japan) and China are strict against immigration. With the bare exception of few like India and Dubai(which ironically like other Middle Eastern states is miser in giving out citizenship). So you have a world in which the options are getting limited. I wonder if Europe and U. S. non political ambition to force these countries(or for that matter support these countries) has led to current mess..

      15. There’s the colonial legacy too. Many European countries have been duty bound to accept immigration from countries they used to rule (and exploit). And as you say, the rich Middle Eastern countries which also happen to be Muslim countries, won’t take in immigrants. Religion has always been an issue, it’s not new. The US had quotas on Jews and Catholics, and in England, the Irish and the Poles were not welcomed. Terrorist activity makes people even more wary of some cultures, or at least gives their antipathy a direction. Which is why it seems almost suicidal to encourage religious and ethnic minorities in their differences, having opt out clauses for things in the host culture that might cause offence. I agree, it would be a lot better if migrants could be encouraged to stay at home. Aid to eradicate the worst poverty and education is the only way. And to stop selling weapons to their stupid, corrupt governments too.

      16. Hmm.. Reminds me of a debate that I had with another person( in University)regarding Indonesia.. He as a Muslim was convinced that as being aided with a free and fair constitution the now majority Muslim population had a right to implement Sharia.. I on the other hand disagreed with the assessment and was of the opinion that the same constitution which guaranteed their spread (in a peaceful manner, when they were a minority) was now also important for now defunct minorities.. People change their habits when they are in power.. Constitution should be held with highest esteem and should cover human rights. Sadly less and less countries are open to the idea..

      17. That’s how extremists work (I don’t like what I know of Sharia and don’t see how intelligent human beings could go for it at all). They use the democratic tolerant system to get themselves voted into power or power sharing then bingo! They pull the plug on the democracy that allowed them a voice.

      18. But still they went through. There was a whole discussion that if ever the Muslim society could adopt the ‘Human Constitution’ vs ‘Divine one’. I don’t understand the problem of minorities who become majorities, in upholding a piece of legislation that ensured their spread. But I agree this could very well be the new norm..

      19. You yourself explained it, ‘If only’… Two words.. Representing the will of millions..

      20. So why do we pander to those who claim their own brand of superstition takes precedence over every other, not to mention rational thought? We need our heads looking at!

      21. That’s why I said millions, not billions.. Sadly people like you (or even me) are a minority, and not of the religious kind..

      22. Let’s hope there are more brave ‘Jane’ out there and less stupid ‘Sight’ in the lot. Than we can hope..

  1. Love this photo and take on the prompt. And oh how adept you are at defining and describing this cat: Sleepy eyes watch with thinly veiled contempt —- ah yes. So many times cats look at you with veiled contempt…I think sometimes they look at us as if to say, “What? What? I’m not a dog…..” As if we expect too much from their independent selves. Languid and regal….Little Ulysses of the streets. Excellent post — thanks so much for participating in the prompt! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. What frightens me is the number of busy roads he crosses on his wanderings. Dogs he can cope with, and angry restaurant owners, but cars? They won’t stop of he gets in the way;

    1. He is a beauty. He’s not mine but he certainly looks like a Bengal and has their extremely independent characteristics. He’s been around for a couple of years and belongs to a Chinese origin family. At first we would see the owners with a cat cage quite regularly, trying to tempt him down from a wall, or out of a garden to take him home. They don’t bother any more. He roams all round the neighbourhood, crosses the main roads and jumps into open windows. It’s astonishing he’s still alive. He’s often down our street because of the restaurants.

      1. cats are odd critters. We had a female tabby striped grey cat who would go out on regular walks in the neighborhood and beg for food. She’d go out in the morning and be back by dinnertime. One day a neighbor was visiting my grandmother and Mrs. Cat came in and settled in my grandmother’s lap. Goodness! exclaimed the visitor. I didn’t know she was your cat! I’ve been feeding her on a regular basis….they had aq good laugh about it and Mrs. Cat kept to her rounds for about 10 years. the neighbors learned not to give her a lot of food, just a small snack. I think it disgusted her though because sometimes when she came in, she would go to her bowl and sniff and then turn and look at whoever was in the kitchen and glare at them.

      2. My grandmother had a cat like that. Or she thought she did. Apricot was a beautiful, languid pale orange tabby with very long legs and a long tail that he held up in the air like a banner. He would come and eat and saunter off again, gracing her with his presence at suppertime or bedtime. It was ages before she realised he belonged to the fish and chip shop.

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