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I Don't Like Them But -

Cats do not need us but know we need them.
Unlike dogs, they can easily live on their own.
Of all the feline species,
the common cat is the most efficient hunter.
They can scale a tree in mere seconds
when fleeing or pursuing in earnest.
People do not adopt cats; cats adopt people.
People are a convenience not a requirement.
Cats don't pay heed to feeling and emotion.
I admire their independence.
The cats' first partners were the Egyptians.
They received occasional food and shelter
in exchange for rodent population control.
Cats will quickly become feral to survive.
Of all mammels only rats have adapted better.
Both will be here after we are gone.

Sometimes I envy cats.
Cats exist totally in the present.
with no future and using the past only as a tool.
They are completely at peace with their world.
Cats are not as intelligent as humans.
A cat's only choice is to be exactly what it is.


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  1. Date: 8/4/2012 1:40:00 AM
    "Cats are not as intelligent as humans." Hi Tim, I had to question this line as some know exactly how to get you to do what they want, yet they won't fall into our traps. Needless to say our Tommy cat owns us. Haha. I enjoyed your poem. I haven't been around much because I am caring for my 5 month old g. daughter while my daughter recoups from a gallbladder operation. I am behind on everything. Thank you for dropping by my haiku and commenting.

  1. Date: 8/3/2012 5:55:00 AM
    I don't like them either Tim, you sure mentioned valuable points in this gem of yours. I hope you are doing okay :) love Wilma

  1. Date: 7/25/2012 10:29:00 AM
    Yes, cats are a very interesting animal with traits that can lead the poet to write many poems..Thanks for stopping by my blog..Heard from Doris this morning she is okay but still having pain from surgery,etc..It will take time to heal..Sara

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    Date: 7/25/2012 10:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sent lunch to her again today and Caleb ate with us..Sara
  1. Date: 7/24/2012 1:13:00 PM
    thought provoking piece, Tim. I prefer dogs, I must say. Congrats on all your wins, my friend : )

  1. Date: 7/22/2012 8:49:00 PM
    Cat's I know what you mean,I can relate to that, I have two now and feed three other homeless, a very well expressed story poem. I enjoyed reading it.God bless you. Erich.

  1. Date: 7/22/2012 9:25:00 AM
    Hi Tim - I've had cats too. I've had the one you described - virile, independent just came in for food and a safe sleep. Now the other one was very needy. Never outgrew it and always wanted to lie on top of me on the couch. I swear he'd jump into my arms if he saw a mouse. nice poem love, Kathy

  1. Date: 7/20/2012 4:31:00 PM
    Oie, we don't own a cat, Tim, but I like them well enough! They seem so very mysterious and independant, maybe the only animal that purrs? I think they're hyper intelligent, but then again so are dogs (except ours..hehe) JOKING!!! Her pointy nose would be out of joint.:( Enjoyed your write, and thanks for the comment. Wishing you the best, Mikki

  1. Date: 7/20/2012 3:26:00 PM
    Not sure about your take on CATS..my kitty KNOWS when I'm going to get up, knows when his fav person comes mwf...[I think he thinks he's a dog! plays fetch too!] Hi Tim there are 2 possible end rhyme patterns for the Curtal sonnet abcabcdbcdc or abcabcdcbdc try them both the last lines is a half line. Light & love

  1. Date: 7/20/2012 8:34:00 AM
    I have been a cat owner for most of my life, (or rather...perhaps they have 'owned me"!!). But I too, admire their unique poise, and aloof manner, and sometimes I believe they outsmart us all! I have some favorite childhood memories...dressing up my cat in doll's clothes......(not a happy kitty!)...just tolerating me, until enough was enough! (I still have one scar from that final loss of patience)!!

  1. Date: 7/19/2012 2:26:00 PM
    I love cats,Tim:) When I grew up my folks always hade a cat in the house..though I suspect it was more practical reasons for it,such as keeping mouse and other creatures away.A briliant write you`ve penned here! Take Care,Arild

  1. Date: 7/19/2012 11:51:00 AM
    no wonder there is something so mysterious about cats--- they are always in the moment, tim... i like your unique brand of style and message! so well done!.. :) huggs!

  1. Date: 7/19/2012 2:22:00 AM
    Tim, this is very interesting,, i love cats,, but i won't own them. I never looked a dog with "FRAGILE" now, i see it they are kind of dependable. Cats have skills.. anyways ~ Lazy mums the word.. always~PD

  1. Date: 7/18/2012 5:46:00 PM
    This is a wonderful write Tim! I think your poem to be exactly right! Only if you've ever had a cat as a pet would you understand this piece! You described them so very well! Great Work!!