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Oft' I wonder what my cat Simba thinks behind that baleful stare.
Is he planning roguery or just building castles in the air?
Perhaps he's reviewing strategies for catching a bird to devour.
Here's what I sense goes on behind his condescending glower!

I 'puuur'ceive he's thinking, "Hey, remove yourself from my chair!
Who said you could sit there - that's my favorite lair!
Will you at least make room on your very ample lap,
So I can curl up and take my usual afternoon nap?"

Many times he glares at me and emits a plaintive 'meow'.
I'm sure he's thinking, "Hey, pal, ain't it time for chow?"
He stalks about the house as if it was his sole domain,
Thinking, "I guess I'll benevolently allow you to remain!"

With soulful eyes he invites me to scratch behind his ears.
If I try to comb his coat, "Oh no you don't!" and he disappears!
Sprawling upon the window sill he gazes across the street,
Eyeing the Persian cat, thinking, "Meeee-Wow! Her I'd like to meet!"

When he begins to purr and 'puuur'sistently rubs against my feet,
He's probably thinking, "Hey, old buddy, how about a treat?"
My cat thinks, "He's not a bad sort, him I can tolerate.
He provides my grub - furthermore, with him I can communicate!"

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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Placed No. 1 in Francine Roberts' "Pick A Pet" Contest - July 2011

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  1. Date: 2/8/2012 9:11:00 PM
    Another excellent cat poem. Still looking for the one you reccomended. Very witty and cute this one is. Always, Laura

  1. Date: 7/19/2011 8:27:00 PM
    have me old grey puss returned again, she likes 2 hide i dont complain, mice into pumpkin seeds a bit, speak to her sharpen ya wit, again. yes mr hope you have it all, words n phrases wherewithal, love the rides on the open spaces, where the story flows, just amazes:) bad Bob rules, Don Don

  1. Date: 7/17/2011 8:15:00 PM
    Hi Robert.... Thanks for commenting on my cat poem.... And thanks for introducing me to Simba... What a buddy he is.... So regal (Aren't they all) ... And they have such silent but strong expressions once we start to see them a little the years roll along.... Expert communicators in so many ways... Anyway without rambling... could go on forever..... Great to meet a good cat lover buddy........Hugs to Simba and you all...James Loved your poem...nice job

  1. Date: 7/15/2011 6:15:00 PM
    Congrats on your win, Robert! A Purrrr-fect poem!

  1. Date: 7/14/2011 8:34:00 PM
    This was so cute, Robert. A big congrats on your win in this contest.

  1. Date: 7/14/2011 7:36:00 AM
    My congratulations on this first place win in the contest of Francine, Bob

  1. Date: 7/13/2011 5:53:00 PM
    I knew it, Robert!!!!!!!!! This is a masterpiece! My cat-errrrrriffffic congrats, my friend! :)

  1. Date: 7/13/2011 4:18:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win, you and super cat. Love, Vie

  1. Date: 7/12/2011 8:22:00 PM
    Hi Robert, congratulations on your win, what a great poem. Certainly captures your cat's spirit. Lee Ramage

  1. Date: 7/12/2011 11:53:00 AM
    congratulations on your win.

  1. Date: 7/12/2011 3:43:00 AM
    Entertaining and warmly written piece. I have two cats and they get along pretty well most of the time, but they are SO jealous of each other! If I pet one, the other one buts in. They both love being brushed, but again, I have to brush them both when I start! Good luck in the contest, Bob. Regards, Robert.

  1. Date: 7/11/2011 7:24:00 PM
    Fantastic Robert! One of my favorites of all times now :) Congrats. to you :)

  1. Date: 7/11/2011 4:01:00 PM
    This poem made me smile. Loved it!

  1. Date: 7/11/2011 3:00:00 PM
    Hi Robert! Good to see you on the numero uno spot again with your ever growing in fame star kitty cat Simba. You have the cat language and feline attitude down pat! He has trained you well my friend.

  1. Date: 7/11/2011 2:54:00 PM
    Congratulations Robert on your big solo no. 1. Great poem. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 7/11/2011 2:52:00 PM

  1. Date: 7/11/2011 2:28:00 PM
    I really like this one. Can see you both in the excellent imagery. Lots of personality in him too. God Bless, JB

  1. Date: 7/11/2011 11:42:00 AM
    Great entry Bob. Easy to see why it was #1. Congratulations on your win.

  1. Date: 7/11/2011 10:41:00 AM
    A Purr-fect first place win, Bob. Congratulations! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 7/11/2011 10:25:00 AM
    LOL, love this witty piece, Bob. Many congrats on your first place : )