Are you ready? Come on along and read some homespun poetry as well as a jot and tittle regarding distinguished poets and their works. Gael offers a positive balance of her own nostalgia notes and poetic meanderings with those of others. [Editor's note: Gael no longer contributes to Silver Planet, but we have made her archived blog entries available as a service to our readers.]
Do you have a pet? I have always had a dog or two and an assortment
of cats—rescued and otherwise. My favorite cats are of the ordinary
domestic black or “tuxedo” cat variety. As T.S. Eliot wrote in Old
Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, regarding the ebony Bustopher Jones:
“He’s the Cat we all greet as he walks down the street
had a memorable black kitty named Beau Buster who would answer to
Bustopher, Beau, Boo Boo, and a variety of syllables in between. He was
very shy and wore an impeccable tuxedo shirt and white toe socks with
his coat of fastidious black.
P.S. He had a very kissable pink nose, and this is what he did best:
trimmed with white
in the night
earns his keep
me to sleep.
And then I had a sassy dancer named Mr. Watson:
Shining ebony in the early morning light,
soft and warm to my touch.
Gentle rumblings from his throat
a concerto to awaken me.
I watch his stretching become a ballet
of silent paws upon the floor
in patterns of velvet for me.
He hastens morning with his presence
and his mew heralds my new day.
By Gael Stuart
The Silver Sage Blog