Dancing with Cats 3

by suecartledge

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This is Part 3 of my Dancing with Cats trilogy. As withPart 2, first stanza is identical to the first stanza of Part 1. There’s method in my madness, as you’ll see when you read on.

Dancing with Cats 3

 

Dancing with cats is not an easy manoeuvre

When you consider the disparity in height

Between felines and humans.

Most cats are considerably shorter than me.

 

When you consider the disparity in height,

Say, of a Maine Coon and a Russian Blue,

Most cats are considerably shorter than me.

Dancing with cats is not an easy manoeuvre.

 

Say, of a Maine Coon and a Russian Blue:

The size difference between them and a Siamese.

Dancing with cats is not an easy manoeuvre,

But if you could, what dancing would you do?

 

The size difference between them and a Siamese

Is not to be dismissed when dancing cheek to paw.

But if you could, what dancing would you do?

What would they choose, and which of you would lead?

 

Not to be dismissed when dancing cheek to paw,

The likelihood of romance—of a furry fling, at least.

What would they choose, and which of you would lead?

It raises questions that might be best unanswered.

 

The likelihood of romance—of a furry fling, at least,

Could be considered as a hazard of the dance.

It raises questions that might be best unanswered,

Or, at the least, dismissed as supposition.

 

To be considered as a hazard of the dance,

(Seeming to add a frisson of feline thrill),

Or, at the least, dismissed as supposition:

Who took the lead, who followed in the dance?

 

Seeming to add a frisson of feline thrill,

(fur raised up, eyes richly glowing),

Who took the lead, who followed in the dance?

Cheek to paw with cats can be a risky manoeuvre.

 

Fur raised up, eyes richly glowing,

Feline and human locked in embrace.

Cheek to paw with cats can be a risky manoeuvre.

Forget, at your hazard, a cat is not human.

 

Feline and human locked in embrace

For just as long as the cat wants it so.

Forget, at your hazard, a cat is not human.

A hiss and a spit and it leaps off your lap.

 

For just as long as the cat wants it so

You can embrace them, pet them and coo.

A hiss and a spit and it leaps off your lap,

Disdaining the thought it might actually care.

 

You can embrace cats, pet them and coo;

They’ll take what they want and leave you for nought,

Disdaining the thought they might actually care.

Dancing with cats is not an easy manoeuvre.

 

© S Cartledge 2016

 

 

 

 

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