Treasure Island

Danny Draper

(14 July 1963 / Kiama, New South Wales, Australia)

Naming Of Cats

Nameless, homeless three month old stray
Congenial and smoochy, purred our way
No collar, no microchip just a posse of fleas
A bit below weight 'neath Pursian hair tease
Purred like a Trible under addictive ear rub,
A dunk in eucalyptus wool wash dispatched those gnats
Black all over, save white toes and nose,
And a white rough diamond chest his distinguishing crest.

Diamond Jim
James T. Kirk
James Tiberius Kirk
Kirk Cat
'I wanted Cookies! '
Well, 'Cookies', could be his nick name.
'Kirk', it is!

His continuing mission:
to sleep where he wants,
to get desexed and chipped,
to have his medicine and shots
and to join our family,
and annoy Snowy the dog.

Danny Draper

Submitted: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Edited: Monday, July 22, 2013

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A new kitten joined our family from the neighborhood strays.

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  • Susan Lacovara (6/23/2014 8:36:00 AM)

    Reread this again and was reminded of fair warning my mother used to give me. She basically told me that strays and lovers, quite the same, once you feed them and give them a nickname, they steal your heart! The cat will usually stay longer! PEACE, in a purr-fect way! (Report) Reply

  • Susan Lacovara (10/21/2013 11:44:00 PM)

    I invite you to read, Fattened By The Hand That Feeds, written for the taken in, stole my heart pets who came for dinner and never left....I can so relate to your tale (tail) ....enjoyed the write. Many of my best friends are four-legged. (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (9/2/2013 6:10:00 AM)

    A lovely poem, enjoying the way you chose Kirk. Poor kids. I laughed too at many of the great comments. (Report) Reply

  • Douglas Scotney (7/27/2013 8:35:00 PM)

    You don't have to tell me what a dug is, but a dirk's a dagger and that'd be a good nickname, dags for short. (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (7/25/2013 6:18:00 AM)

    It's very kind-hearted of you to take in a stray....daft, but kind-hearted.
    I don't think he picked parts 2&3 of his mission and I bet he's called 'Kirky' by at least one of you. (Report) Reply

  • Anthony Di''anno (7/24/2013 9:06:00 AM)

    Effing cats! Our neighbourhood is awash with the little b'stads. Dead birds everywhere and cat mess all over the garden. Cats are a nuisance round these parts. I can think of a few names to call them, none of them cute. Grrrr eat poem :) (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (7/21/2013 10:24:00 AM)

    I am more of a dog and bird person myself, but I have no doubt that your new acquisition is very cute. Great poem Danny. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (7/20/2013 11:08:00 AM)

    It is such fun having a cute kitten in the household..... with a mix of white and black! No matter, it is a stray cat! After all your confusion in naming him, I wonder what name, you finally chose for it! Exactly a similar looking stray kitten once sneaked into our house which was fed with milk and cookies for two days! But unfortunately my husband who is averse to cats drove her away to my great disappointment! It is fun watching cats annoying dogs! An interesting write! (Report) Reply

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