Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Ailurophile

At birth,
I mewled at the breast
like a kitten
and dug into engorged skin
with barely sheathed claws.
Milk drops caught in my whiskers.

When I was still but a child,
an austere assemblage
voted and vowed
to bob my tail,
but I fought,
got away,
and could not be caught.
I left my sisters,

my mother,
and my father
to lives of bucolic boredom,
while I grew
wild,
comely,
and into my heat.

Then, you.

You had big hands
and a good heart.
A well-trained dog
and a neatly trimmed lawn.
You captured me,
cured me,
caged me,
saved me.
You took my claws
and my heat.
You gave me treats
and nonsense love words
and a home.

Now, I brood at windows and grow fat.
I purr and slink circles around your legs.
I sleep in your bed beside you at night
and barely even twitch
when I'm dreaming

of taking your eyes.

A (meow) mix of Shawna's Melting Words for Open Link Night at dVerse

41 comments:

Daydreamertoo said...

Awww... feral, lovely. Tamed by love.
Beautiful :)

jen revved said...

Yes-- clever, feral and lovely-- your diction is exquisite, always-- xxxj

Mark Windham said...

;-)
sweet little kitty dreams....

Teresa said...

Love this! What a great poem from the cat's perspective.

Brian Miller said...

oh snap MZ....dont ever take my wild away from me..hehe...yikes...really well written and love your close...

Laura said...

"cured me,
caged me,
saved me." mixed blessings, life is full of them no matter how smooth or furry our skin may be.

Chris said...

Hope a touch of feral remains. Lovely words.

poemblaze said...

Taking the eyes is a great surprise ending!

RD said...

ok MZ, please don't scratch me, but I like this the mostest ...the "volta" if you will...wonderful....I so was lulled into a snuggly warmth there...

I like hammers and anvils and chisels

well done!

Peace

mrs mediocrity said...

oooh, that ending!
fabulous, and i love that inside, the wild at heart stays wild.

Anthony Desmond said...

wonderful tale of love... the last stanza was def my fav..

Claudia said...

oh i like the nonsense love words...and there are things you can never tame...ya know..smiles

Arron Shilling said...

bucolic boredom - thats hardcore

and what a killer close...

the image goes with me...:D

Mary said...

Loved this! Being 'tamed' by someone with big heart and a well - trained dog sounds perfect!

ayala said...

A great write, I love it!

Laurie Kolp said...

At first I thought you were doing something with the Time cover photo... love the ending.

ab said...

Ooo..I like this.

Tania A said...

Very nice.

"while I grew wild, and comely, and into my heat" - this .. oh, yes. So divine.

hedgewitch said...

You can bob the leopard's tail, but you can't change her spots.

PattiKen said...

I love the ending! One can never know what revenge lurks in the mind of a house cat. But at some level, I think they know we mean well, and forgive us for saving their lives, all of them.

Fireblossom said...

Love the meow mix tag. ;-)

I think this is one of your best.

Natasha Head said...

Mama Z, it has been far too long! what a wonderful homage to the beasts who allow us to pamper them...I had to laugh...I've a wonderful little familiar about who has time for no one but me, and woe to the eyeballs of anyone who gets too close...I do however, suddenly feel like I might be being prepped for dinner rather than protected! Awesome play with Shawna's list...it's been far too long since I played there too!

Shawna said...

I'm reading your footnote first, and you made me so happy using "meow mix." :) I'm eatin' it up.

Shawna said...

"an austere assemblage voted and vowed to bob my tail" ... And that is why assembly should be frowned upon. Unless it's for movies. Or snacks.

"while I grew wild, comely, and into my heat" ... Heat does take some growing into.

Declawing is key. Then you can't do any damage to those fine curtains. Treats and nonsense are also helpful.

"I purr and slink circles" ... Love this.

"barely even twitch when I'm dreaming of taking your eyes" ... Ha! Definitely my favorite part. So smart to let that final line hang on its own.

Amazing work, MZ.

Alex Dissing said...

The pace of this is perfect! I like this one, a lot.

Fred Rutherford said...

Super cool MZ. I have a cat I rescued and much of this reminded me of him. I wanted to use the title word, but couldn't come up with anything, never thought of a title, it works well. Love how you incorporated the words from Shawnas prompt. Excellent piece. Thanks

Steve E said...

Regardless of what means that long, one-word title...I AM A CAT-PEEP! Have never been without a purring partner--grin!

Like others here, I was smitten by the 'meow-mix of your words'. And, that dream of 'taking (my) eyes.
May your dream,
Mama Zen
not come true.
But then...
I still love you! (smile!)
PEACE!

Ginny said...

got me with that last line--we are never really tamed. Excellent poem!

Buddah Moskowitz said...

HUGE smile! This was perfect! Alive, sensual, and perhaps I related to it just a bit too much. Take the rest of the night off and have a snifter of Cat-Sip, you deserve it!

chromapoesy.com said...

I always felt that was what my cat, Beguira, dreamt about. We had another, Kudra, whom we believe discovered the secret to immortality and transcended to another plane of existence. Marvelous!

henry clemmons said...

I should visit more often. Such a strength of word choice and positioning. Excellente line work. The sound is like you must be some part muscian. Very inspiring.

ordinarylifelessordinary said...

Ooh so slinky and smooth, it flowed just like the purr of the cat, although it felt to me as though you were using the cat as a metaphor for self perhaps? Hope so as I liked the play on words and the mystery of the close where I was unsure if you were retaliating against the one who domesticated you... We all harbour that wild streak at times!

kaykuala said...

Anyone, whether a kitty or otherwise can easily be 'domesticated' by love.It gets too testing but for the good of both. A Boy's Night out may be the answer at times. Great write,MZ!

Hank

Steve King said...

What a great twist to tie this all up. We never really know what's in a dream...Very nice job. Loved it.

happygirl said...

Ah, such a bittersweet tale of domestication. Good write.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Superb: from conception to completion.

jessicamarie19 said...

This stanza is great - You/captured me,/cured me,caged me,/saved me.

Joanne Elliott said...

Bam! Didn't see that coming. Great ending! We want to be loved, cared for, saved...and then we don't. Spot on!

Anne Katherine said...

I love the last line as well. And great job with the point of view as well.

Margaret said...

I'm a cat lover and totally love this. There is a bit of the wild in them (even though I KNOW they love their comfort. I know my dogs realize this as they very cautiously put their face near the cats... even though their front feet are declawed.

Steve Isaak said...

Laugh out loud, I often imagine wild-ish cats are like that. I know of several people who have pets - not just cat - like this.

Again, good read, my friend. =)