Like Cat and Dog

This poem is about that often amusing dynamic between cats and dogs. The photo is of our cat Lucky, who died some years ago, aged seventeen. He was the inspiration for many poems, including this one. He took liberties, and puzzled our dogs in the process.

Like Cat and Dog

cat climb high up
go where he want

eat cheese off table top
off plate off places up

leave tracing of tongue
in cream meringue

while dog watching on

(dog must stay
down boy down
hang to heel
eat own meal
from bowl on floor
scratch at door
for exit/entry
never steal)

cat sometimes cop it
for being bad

for which, saint dog
feel (secretly) glad








From O My Swan (pamphlet published in 2003 by Flarestack Publishing)

 

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