Bordeaux Bay

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

Thursday, 28 April 2016

WHAT A FELINE

For my good friends Peter and Lorraine, both cat lovers, I’m reprinting a poem 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.

First posted 1/10/2014

4 comments:

  1. I have 2 3/4 cats, one being an amputee, you have captured their majesty extremely well, thanks for sharing this lovely poem.

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  2. Hey John. As an animal-lover I'd suggest that a cat on with three legs probably beats most humans on two!

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  3. We had six feral cats that adopted us, sadly all departed now, I certainly agree with Johns comment

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  4. Richard Fleming7 May 2016 at 14:15

    Thanks, Julian.

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