Monday, July 22, 2019

Felis Catus

Image used for The Sunday Muse
Felis Catus

I can be charmingly coquettish
to win admiration and affection
so you'll treat me like a queen.

And when in repose, I stretch,
soft paw touches your arm,
I could just as easily scratch you,

take your hand between my teeth,
tear it to shreds (why do you think
Fido's so afraid?),

and my blink you see as love,
not a hiding of the feral tiger
that resides inside.

by Margaret Bednar, July 22, 2019

Linked with "The Sunday Muse #65". 


tonispencer said...

Yeppers. Cats can be that way. Rub up against you purring and biting you you the next minute

Carrie Van Horn said...

So very true Margaret! Those cats are smart little creatures, both lovely and cunning and truly capable of doing some damage, more than just scratches to the couch. :-)

robkistner said...

Cats are warm, gentle, affectionate — and most are always on the edge of homicide... just ask the birds and furry things in your back yard Margaret. But they are great when they are restraining themselves as part of their eternal negotiating! :-) Loved our cat Taja, and loved your piece here...! :-)

Susie Clevenger said...

Yes, cats can go dark real quick. Love your dip into darker poetry. :)

Fireblossom said...

They are unpredictable! I enjoy my friends' cats but this is why I go for dogs myself; I understand them and can reasonably predict what they'll do in a given situation. Cats might rumble with pleasure or attack, who knows?

C. Sandlin said...

Interesting--we read into behaviors either what we want or fear...but what lurks in the touch is perhaps something wildly different. :) said...

Ready to turn on a dime. Dogs always believe you, cats ponder.