A black cat curls
like careless calligraphy,
A grey kitten’s soft in outline:
more a pencil smudge.
Between the written words
Strolls a white cat,
silent and haughty;
A sturdy black and white cat? A page,
Or a cat white and grey? Uncertainty –
A testing of letters before applying the ink;
A Russian Blue shows off elegance,
a lettering of style.
The light russet brown of a young Abyssinian
Implies the start of a sepia illustration:
Nothing watered down yet,
Paint still strong and fresh.
An orange tabby provides stronger tones
shading against the brown;
A Siamese grants gradations, subtleties,
Burmese, Tonkenise draw deeper shadows
Like the surprise in words;
A young long-haired cat
playfully fat and black
adds motion, sensation.
And a tortoiseshell?
Well, she just doesn’t fit,
Won’t make sense in words or pictures
So we’ll leave her out of it.
(written 12/05 – 12/08) Keira
(not how I wanted to format it, but after struggling for over an hour, this is what I am forced into. I wanted to use the curled cat as quotation marks 😦 but the fixed format has little flexibility )