Nancy Nielson


Fatty Lumpkin - Poem by Nancy Nielson

Fatty Lumpkin’s growing old.
I noticed that this winter.
She lies beside the heaters, always cold.

No longer does she saunter
through the house as if she owns it.
I noticed that this winter.

Fatty’s gotten thinner. She loves to sit,
soaking up the sun. She’s quit chasing
through the house as if she owns it.

Too long in one position and she’s bracing
for the pain. She rubs against kind words,
soaking up the sun. She’s quit chasing

mice and chirring at the birds.
Love is what we give her
for the pain. She rubs against kind words,

and lies in laps, contentedly, to purr.
Fatty Lumpkin’s always cold.
Love is what we give her.
She lies beside the heaters, growing old.

Topic(s) of this poem: pets


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem is a terzanelle, which is not listed in the form selection.
It's a modified villanelle with a terza rima rhyme scheme. I love the subtle flow of the lines much more than the harshness of a villanelle.
I wrote this particular poem about a cat we used to have who spent her last winter by the baseboard heaters, soaking up the sun.

Comments about Fatty Lumpkin by Nancy Nielson

  • Chinedu Dike (4/6/2015 8:11:00 AM)


    I like the rhyme scheme of the piece. A lovely poem, well articulated and nicely penned to capture the beginning of the end of a cat well loved by a family. Thanks for sharing. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON. (Report) Reply

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  • Kelly Kurt (4/5/2015 7:49:00 PM)


    A lovely style and a lovely poem. Thank you, Nancy. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 5, 2015



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