Poem ‘Odd Couple’

Odd Couple

Brothers they may be,
an odd couple
more like

As cats
they own everything
and nothing
and I am a function
in their lives—
something to coax
to cajole to feeding bowls
and ever higher levels
of acceptance
and comfort

And don’t they know too
that all is forgiven?

poem and image © copyright dfbarker 2012

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44 comments

  1. Ina · March 19, 2012

    Hi David

    what a sweet picture of the brothers, and lovely poem 🙂

    The last sentence tells me all about cats lol 🙂

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  2. Angela · March 19, 2012

    As a race we’d do well to aspire to “ever higher levels of acceptance and comfort”. 🙂

    Lovely poem David!

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  3. dfb · March 19, 2012

    Angela, thank you very much!

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  4. dfb · March 19, 2012

    Ina, thank you very much – yes, cats are cats!

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  5. claudia · March 19, 2012

    they own everything
    and nothing… i like that…shouldn’t we live our life just like that…?

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  6. Eclipse · March 19, 2012

    Cute! 🙂

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  7. dfb · March 19, 2012

    Thank you Claudia – and yes, I think we should live like that. For all our human intelligence, we are not very wise. 😉

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  8. dfb · March 19, 2012

    Thank you so much!!!

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  9. Francina · March 19, 2012

    Hi David,

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.
    Please click on the link to see the rules to claim the award.

    http://seasonspoetry.com/2012/03/19/versatile-2-beautiful-blogger-award/

    Ciao,
    Francina

    I love the picture and the poem 🙂

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  10. dfb · March 19, 2012

    Thank you! I am very grateful.

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  11. magsx2 · March 19, 2012

    Hi,
    A wonderful poem, and very true. 🙂
    I love the photo.

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  12. dribblingpensioner · March 19, 2012

    Lovely cats and poem.

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  13. Jared · March 19, 2012

    They have it down just right, don’t they? Great poem!

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  14. granbee · March 19, 2012

    Those two cats never thought there was anything to forgive, in the first place. They are always in the right, don’t you know? Wonderful enjoyment of our feline family members here, DF!

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  15. J Matthew Waters · March 20, 2012

    as much as i am different to cats i am equally impressed with their poetry. and i find it interesting how they turn humans into factotums : )

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  16. Three Well Beings · March 20, 2012

    Anyone who has ever shared life with a cat, “gets” this poem! I love, “and I am a function in their lives-” So true! Makes me smile. Debra

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  17. Soma Mukherjee · March 20, 2012

    Oh what a lovely poem on cats..now every cat deserves one..they are the ones ruling and we just in illusion of being the masters 😉

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  18. dfb · March 20, 2012

    Thank you Mags!:)

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  19. dfb · March 20, 2012

    Thank you very much Harry! 🙂

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  20. dfb · March 20, 2012

    Thank you very much J! 🙂

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  21. dfb · March 20, 2012

    Thank you once again! Yes, cats are always right…

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  22. dfb · March 20, 2012

    Ah, yes, very good J! Thank you very much! 😉

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  23. dfb · March 20, 2012

    Thank you very much Debra!

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  24. dfb · March 20, 2012

    Soma, I thank you once again!

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  25. Explorations in Sacred Space · March 20, 2012

    How charming! I love it. You put a big smile on my day. Thank you, Francis.

    Jamie Dedes

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  26. dfb · March 20, 2012

    Thank you Jamie!

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  27. Russell Smith · March 20, 2012

    What a lovely ode!

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  28. dfb · March 20, 2012

    I thank you Russell!

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  29. Laurel's Reflections · March 20, 2012

    Delightful 🙂

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  30. New View From Here · March 21, 2012

    “As cats
    they own everything
    and nothing”

    Very clever! Much fun in this…

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  31. Betty Hayes Albright · March 21, 2012

    Great poem about these feline brothers, and as another cat person, I love that picture. (And those last few lines are perfectly CAT!)

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  32. dfb · March 21, 2012

    I thank you!

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  33. dfb · March 21, 2012

    Thank you so much!

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  34. dfb · March 21, 2012

    Thank you very much Betty!

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  35. journeyintopoetry · March 21, 2012

    As an extreme cat lover David, this has to be one of my favourites!

    You haven’t needed many words to capture the nature of cats perfectly. I love, love, love this poem and what a fab picture to go with it! They are so lovely, amusing, loving(on their terms of course!), fascinating and just wonderful creatures.

    Curiosity has me! – What are their names?

    Christine

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  36. dfb · March 21, 2012

    Thank you Christine, very much! Well, the one on the left is Venice and the one on the right is Milan, christened by my son when he was 13 (cats are 8 now) when he was into all things Italian! They’re both toms but we thought Venice was a female because he looked so much like his mum – then we checked. Oops!

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  37. journeyintopoetry · March 21, 2012

    Purrrrfect names! 🙂

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  38. dfb · March 22, 2012

    Thank you Christine.

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  39. lscotthoughts · March 22, 2012

    What adorable brothers, they are, and wonderful poem, David!

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  40. dfb · March 22, 2012

    Thank you very much, Lauren!

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  41. Christy Birmingham · March 22, 2012

    Cats certainly do have a special relationship with their owners! I enjoyed the poem here.

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  42. dfb · March 22, 2012

    Thanks once again, Christy!

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  43. Lindy Lee · April 6, 2012

    Cats rule because they are PhD’s in psychology, know behavior shaping and practice it with expertise, the envy of any human being who elects to notice…

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  44. dfb · April 7, 2012

    Thank you very much Lindy!

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