Tuesday, August 08, 2006

River Cat

Pristine ripples chit-chit-chattering
with stone cold faces,
like white-haired ladies on a Sunday afternoon;
the river preens and licks and purrs.

Shadows dance between dimpled banks
playing like children with whispering winds;
the sun smoothes her skirt over grassy whiskers,
the river preens and licks and purrs.

Winding bends echo secrets of root-fingered giants
massaging the fur on watery skin;
she raises her back to the soothing touch,
the river preens and licks and purrs.


Osquer said...

Mmmmmm! (human version of purring) I would like to be there letting the river curl it's tail around my ankles!

Thank you for a bit of peace during a hectic day!

MB said...

Pat, this is really delightful! Oh! Really!

Aurora said...


floots said...

just right


polona said...

oh! simply wonderful!!

Don Iannone said...

Nice imagery. Great one Pat.

Joyce said...

Full of fascinating imagery!

jel said...

howdy Pat, are you feeling better?

samuru999 said...

Love this poem!

Russell Ragsdale said...

The underlying metaphore here is tasty and thouroghly sensual (says the fatboy chef). Good one Pat and rather structured in a way that is a bit unusual for you. Loved it!

Hototogisu said...

My head is spinning with the richness of the imagery in this poem. I thoroughly enjoyed it Pat.

PS: Oh yeah ... my diseased body ... just got diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis ... hobbling around like an old man at present ... hopefully no more bad karma to ripen (at least in this life). Om Mani Padme Hum for you in particular Pat, and any other being who comes into contact with these words.

Masago said...

This just sounds plain nice (read it aloud).

Pat Paulk said...

Osquer, 'tis my pleasure!!

MB, as I said you are responsible for this one!! Thank you!!

AA, what no snide comment?? I'm not sure how to respond, other than , thank you!!

Thanks Floots!!

Polona, thank you!!

Thanks Don!!

Thanks Joyce!!

Jel, I am, thank you for asking.

Margie, I love this comment!!

Russell, man cannot live on hot dogs and baked beans alone!! Thank you my friend!!

Karasu, I'm glad you did. I am sorry about your diagnosis. I understand hobbling around like an old man though. Thank you for your kind words.

Thanks Vaughn, it was fun to write.

Sue hardy-Dawson said...

I love cats and rivers and you have provided a new way of looking at both-love it