Dear WordPress and Twitter followers, Sometimes an author or poet has to allow someone else to take credit for her work, due to prejudice and an inability to use the keys of the keyboard. This was so in my case, so I had to allow my human companion and servant to type this poem for me, and unfortunately also to take credit for it. Please excuse any irregularities; I found myself so excited to be given my due attention at last that I couldn’t prevent myself from walking on the keys, which may have occasioned a blank page at the very beginning. Please, advance past it and go on to my poem. Most sincerely, Dr. Lucie-Minou “Kitty” Bennett, C.A.T., P.U.R.R., F.U.R. (My picture below, wrapped in contemplation…)
with only my superior sensibilities in evidence (no pipe, no whiskey).
An Eccleisiastical Furball (To Christopher Smart and the author of Pangur Ba'n) copyright Victoria Leigh Bennett, 2021 Olympia Publishers
Why does the kittty cat purr so? Why does the kitty cat purr? Because she's feeling so fine, bro, Because she's licking her fur. Why does the kitty cat hiss thus, Why does the kitty cat hiss? Because she's getting her teeth brushed, Because she doesn't like this. Why does the kitty cat stare so, Why does the kitty cat stare? Because the birds are outside, love, Because the birds are out there. Why does the kitty cat meow thus? Why does the kitty cat meow? Because she's been taught not to cuss, friend, And she's in such a tight spot, and how! Why does the kitty cat roll there, With her belly up in the sun? Because she's joyous and fine, lad, And her troubles have all been outdone. Why does the kitty cat sit there So high up where she can't get down? Because she was off on a lark, boy, And wanted to see the town. Why does the kitty cat fold her paws Under in front when she sits? Because she's refraining from slapping you For asking so much just like this! Why does the kitty cat look so profound When it is time to pray? Because she already knows her god And has been in prayer all the day. For her stare and her meow and her purr And her rolls and her perch and her stance And her hiss, Are all celebrations of god's holy name, So she needn't ask questions like this.