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My Cat

My family helped me fix this into a big boy poem. 

I love my cat.

My cat is a girl.

She has four legs 

and a tail 

and triangle ears 

and a cute little nose.

My cat is gray with black stripes.

Her eyes are kinda green

kinda yellow.

I don't know what colour that is?

My cat's name is Bast.

She is named after a beautiful cat goddess

who lives where the pyramids grow.

When my cat is happy she purrs.

So do I.

My cat is soft and warm.

She likes to eat food.

So do I.

I am giving my cat special food for young cats.

She likes it better than the last stuff.

She eats all day long.

I want to eat all day long too

but people stop me.

If my cat becomes fat

I will make sure to give her less food.

And we will do more exercises together.

My cat likes to drink lots of water.

I do too.

I got rid of her cat bowls

and now my cat uses the same bowls I do.

I think that makes her feel extra special.

When my cat wants to play outside

she meows and scratches at the door.

I let my cat play outside a lot.

But not all the time.

My cat poops in the neighbour's yard.

I don't have to clean her litter box too much.

I love my cat.

If I was a cat I would marry her.

We could have a honeymoon in the park.

I would dance around

and watch her climb trees.

At night my cat sleeps on top of me.

If she moves around too much

she wakes me up.

That makes me angry.

But my cat doesn't worry.

She just looks at me.

And looks at me.

Then she waits for me to fall asleep again.
She waits like that on top of me.

But I still love my cat.

Very much.

Even if she makes me angry sometimes.

But not too much.

My cat makes me a lot more happy than angry.

I think that is how it is for some married people?

I think a lot.

Cats are awesome.

I wish everyone had a cat like mine.

Then everyone would be happy just like me.

One big happy world

filled with peace instead of so much fighting.
I hope my cat lives a long time.

When she dies it will make me very sad.

Then I will get another cat

because cats are so awesome.

Then I will be happy again.

But maybe in a different way

because every cat is different.

And when I die 

I will meet all my cats up in heaven.

I love my cat.

And she loves me.

I do too.

Copyright © Chris D. Aechtner | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 5/28/2016 2:17:00 PM

    Reposting a Soup-classic! : D I don't remember the Bast's mention, is this one of the "fixings" or Ruben is getting senile? : D Do you still have the original version here? I want to compare them. But, now, let me go back to your tanka...
  1. Date: 5/28/2016 11:48:00 AM

    oh em gee. In my happiness in seeing this, what have I done?! I offered mousy tails!! I am so mean. Now my mousies have no tails. I will go now to the time out chair and also stay in my corner. ok, haha 9 comments?! just 9, sighs, sure am rusty,, ok it just occurred to me that's my 9 lives, but ok, I will whittle My Cat comments to 2...ok 3 ;) *meooowyyy* nowy meowy, which kitty will goo? eeny meenie miney meow*
  1. Date: 5/28/2016 11:25:00 AM

    Oh no. My mouse is so happy, so so so so happy *squeak*. This is truly a forever fave. It's even more purr-fect now that your family helped fix it. My mousy wants to click forever and ever and ever again. But I tell it to stop. My mouse is old. It cannot click as much as before, it gets tired so fast now. Meow, meow. Meow. It is a confused mouse methinks. But in spirit, it says (squeaks) that it still really really really wants to click and click and clickety click click. I hope she lives forever or just long, long time so you won't be sad, I don't want you to be sad. I am really glad your cat makes you happy, so I am happy and everyone is happy. Thank you cat of Chris for making him happy and purr. So this is a happy happy world where everyone is happy.
  1. Date: 5/28/2016 11:21:00 AM

    Oh.Em. Geee!!! It is My Cat ^_^!! This is still and will always be my all-time favorite 'My Cat' poem ever (sorry Andrea). This is the best ever. Or maybe I should say "Bast" ever. Chris,and cat of Chris, I saw your comments on Andrea's 'My Cat' tanka and I clicked your name, to read that poem again and then I see this. I am crying tears of joy now, meow. Meow. Meow. I cannot believe this is here~~~ <--- those are mousy tails, in my happiness, I am giving it as gifts for your cat. I love your cat.