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Catatonic - Poem by Sidi J. Mahtrow
Karl Ludwig Kahlbaum
In 1874, Karl Ludwig sat
Staring at his cat
Wondering what scientific discovery
Yet awaited his uncovery.
Seems all the great and renown
Had already placed their markers down
And there was little to be found
In plowing the psychic's hallowed ground.
Came first Aristotle
And others of lesser mettle
Who professed to understand
What was 'melancholy' of man.
Burton in his tome did write
Long and wide
Of the essence of melancholy
and its folly.
In his poem about pain and pleasure
He took far flung measure
Of what it constitutes
And how the mind pollutes.
Then along came Darwin (not the elder)
Who attempted to attribute to love and hunger
The forces of melancholy's strains
That caused to patients their many pains.
Freud, who read Darwin,
Claimed his bit of fame
Expanding on Sex
As it did man, perplex.
Kahlbaum thought it best to let be
What the 'Alienest' could not see.
So, in his records, Kahlbaum did note
Much about his cat, he wrote.
For ‘twas described by Karl Ludwig Kahlbaum
A state experienced by some.
And surely the lay public would know quite well
The nature of the cat and how it did dwell.
Stupor is called by some, 'catalepsy'
Which is nothing more or less
Than the state of mind with which the cat is blessed
When spending most of his (or her) time at rest.
For no external stimuli
Can arouse the cat from the bed in which it lie
All (or almost all) motor activity is suppressed
When the cat is in this state of rest.
Even when it appears that the cat is awake
And eyes are wide open to partake
Of events that are going on
There is no awareness that he is home.
In this state of consciousness the animal remains rigid
And if not frozen, in a word, torpid.
Permitting the cat to remain in a fixed position
Unmoving, regardless of external condition.
'Eureka, there's more.' He cried,
For another characteristic he'd spied.
When the cat was wide awake,
The tail was in motion for nothing's sake.
A swishing, and a twitching back and forth
As if moved by some other force.
'I see yet another characteristic, '
Sometimes it can be limp as a wick,
And carried about like a purse
Relaxed as if dead or worse.
But what shall I call my observations
So my reputation will be known to all Nations?
Something that will ensure that Kahlbaum
Will trip from other's tongue.
'I have it, ' he did exclaim,
'It will bring me everlasting fame.'
It's the state
To which all can relate!
Alas, as time has passed,
Karl Ludwig's name is not recognized,
But his cat has world renown
Living the condition that is well known.
Comments about Catatonic by Sidi J. Mahtrow
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- 9. Copy Cat Black , Jessica Holter
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- 12. My Cat , Emily Krauss
- 13. Cameron , Mark R Slaughter
- 14. The Singing Bat , Herbert Nehrlich
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- 16. Kats And Doggs , Ted Sheridan
- 17. A Pet Poem. , Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
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- 20. M Is For Malcolm , Malcolm Bacchus
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- 28. Cat Haiku , O Anna Niemus
- 29. Cats Loved , Naveed Akram
- 30. The Black Cat , Derek James
- 31. Like Our Cat , Shalom Freedman
- 32. Cat On Hat , Danny Draper
- 33. A Rumpus , Ryan Brooks
- 34. Nature Friends. , Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
- 35. Pussy Goes To London, Nursery Rhyme , S.D. TIWARI
- 36. Pantomime – Red Skelton And His Cat , Sidi J. Mahtrow
- 37. The Hungry Cat Kalua , Akhtar Jawad
- 38. The Bully And Me , Cynthia BuhainBaello
- 39. A Cat's Tale , Seema Aarella
- 40. My Cat , Sylvia Chidi
- 41. Miele Vacuum Cleaner, Turbo Model , Herbert Nehrlich
- 42. Cat In The Window, Pug On The Rug , David Whalen
- 43. Paradelle* For You , Ben Gieske
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- 46. Not My Karma , Krishnarasa Seshadri
- 47. Black Cat , Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
- 48. Cat And Bell , gajanan mishra
- 49. I Killed The Cat , Robert Roberts
- 50. Bad Cat , Kitty Marie Lucas
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