Bordeaux Bay

Bordeaux Bay
Watercolour by Tony Taylor http://www.paintingbreaksguernsey.com

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

WHAT A FELINE

To avoid the inevitable complaints from my cat-loving friends, I’ve decided to follow my previous poem, about our dog, with a cat poem. This is about a haughty fellow I sometimes see when walking in the Bordeaux area.




 OZYMANDIAS


A grey cat sits in a doorway,
sphinx-like, disdainful, elegant,
in velvet-textured light
that warms him like a throne.
He fascinates me. 
I name him
Ozymandias, Cat of Cats.

To him, I am irrelevant:
neither food-source, threat nor prey.
Nine cat-lives in a ninth of mine,
his gaze dismisses me: 
deems me invisible. 

You will stare 
till you turn to stone 
or shatter like glass,
Cat of Cats,
Ozymandias.

6 comments:

  1. I bet that one got a few people purring!

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  2. As a proud owner of 2 3/4 cats (and 2 dogs) I have to say you have hit the nail on the head with this one. l love it.

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  3. Thank you John. An equal opportunities pet household! You're an example to us all.

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  4. How the mighty fall... Great name for a proud cat

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  5. Dog man myself. Cats are a bit too enigmatic for me. What a character he is though.

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