Jefferson Carter

Litter Box

My wife asked me this morning
if I'd ever cheated on her.
My ex-wife called this afternoon
& asked me the same thing.
What's going on?
That new Italian movie
the art film crowd adores,
the characters hysterical, nearly
operatic, their marriages dead
or dying. I imagine all those couples
sipping capuccino after the movie,
nibbling biscotti, that close
to confessing their own infidelities.
I love my wife. I don't whine
about my latest chore, cleaning
the litter box four or five times
a day. I can imagine one
of those histrionic Italian husbands
fuming, yearning for his mistress
as he kneels by the reeking box,
scooping cat feces & urinous clots
of litter into a plastic bag.
The second I'm done, our old cat
comes running. Otherwise,
he limps from room to room, moaning
like the ghost of some animal
whose bladder burst.
I love that old cat. Most nights
he snuggles under the comforter,
buzzing between me & my wife like a
space heater I need to repair.

Poem Submitted: Friday, March 18, 2005
Poem Edited: Monday, June 26, 2006

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Comments about Litter Box by Jefferson Carter

  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (3/12/2009 5:37:00 PM)

    I never realised how funny this poem is until I watched La Dolce Vita! ! ! ! How crazy life can get....do we really deserve those moments that make us laugh uncontrollably -I guess it's just Karma's revenge.If you get a chance please read my RAINBOW IN MOTION HAIKU.Thank you.

    You haven't been on the forum for awhile.....very direct right to the point-as blunt as possible.....

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  • Leslie Alexis (heaven Is My Home) (12/23/2008 1:26:00 PM)

    I enjoyed the way you expressed your complaints... had me smiling

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  • Suzan Gumush (8/9/2008 1:39:00 PM)

    I wish everyone was as honest as you! Great write. Give you 10! Best wishes Suzan Gumush

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  • Sarwar ChowdhurySarwar Chowdhury (8/7/2008 1:56:00 PM)

    yeah, ....i liked it....a fine composition.

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  • James B. Earley (6/30/2008 5:06:00 PM)

    You my friend are a natural politician! They seem unable, for whatever reason, to answer a straight-forward question. Jefferson Carter, for President....has a pretty good ring to it. Third party.....write-in....you name it!

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  • Amie-Lee ...... (2/26/2008 9:03:00 PM)

    I like this poem, it's different, and different is one of the best things in life. Take care.......xoxoxox

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  • Neil Marsden (1/23/2008 4:03:00 AM)

    Oh ami glad that I found this site, your work I suppose reflects your professional calling in life, and is a very refreshing change from not only other people's work but from my ownattempts at creative expression as well. I am a great lover of ironic humour and I can almost sense you sat with tongue pressed against cheek when formulating some of your lines. Excellent (again!)

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  • Ana Monnar (8/31/2007 8:50:00 PM)

    It's good to love and be loved. Very nice write.

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  • Khalo Katz (7/11/2007 4:59:00 PM)

    great read. you painted the picture in bold colors.

    khalo

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  • Dee Daffodil (1/19/2007 1:20:00 PM)

    I really enjoyed this one Jefferson...did you answer their question? ?
    Hugs,
    dee

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  • Daniel Tyler (12/2/2006 4:55:00 PM)

    hah hah. The strength of this poem lies in its small but minutely detailed vignette of domestic life. A classic.

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  • Allan James Saywell (11/29/2006 10:17:00 PM)

    Is it a black pussy and does it purr when you pat it

    AJS

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  • Sue Ann Simar (11/1/2006 5:46:00 PM)

    belongs in the cat-alogue of litter-ature where it will have more than nine lives, I betcha

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  • Duncan Wyllie (10/14/2006 1:00:00 PM)

    Dear Jefferson
    This is a very intelligent piece, you’ve put a lot into this one and there is something so touching about the intimacy contained
    Ten from me
    Take care
    Love duncan X

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  • Mary X (9/17/2006 1:33:00 PM)

    Each line of this poem eggs me on to read the next line.

    Very well put-togther Mr.Carter.

    Original and rolls-of-the-tongue nicely, I like the bluntness especially.. Blunt poetry is the best.

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  • jack russell (9/3/2006 5:26:00 PM)

    Insecurities personified...what would we do without them :) Power to your elbow.
    Jack.

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  • Ben No (7/29/2006 2:53:00 PM)

    This is just stunning. There's not many poets on this site I consider to be consistently impressive, but you're definitely one of them.

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  • Pia Andersson (7/26/2006 1:29:00 PM)

    Oh this is beautiful! ! Contrasts can be really entertaining...I love to think about the contrast between your reality running around the litter box several times a day and the cheating Cassanova with Italian beauties chasing him..Wonderful! ! -Pia

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  • Linda OriLinda Ori (6/26/2006 11:36:00 PM)

    Reminds me of the movie 'Moonstruck'. Typical loud and boisturous Italian family. Also, particularly liked the description of the old cat as a 'space heater that needs repair.' Think all cat lovers can identify with that one. Good write, thanks.
    Linda

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  • Joseph Daly (6/1/2006 12:04:00 PM)

    I read this a few times Jefferson. I thought I had already commented on it as it is in my fave list. I like the humour that is employed here. But not at the expense of the structure. I wouldn't expect Jefferson to sacrifice construct in order to get a cheap laugh.

    Yet the funniest part of all this is that the piece runs from one subject to a completely different one and it is hard to find where it happened. It works; not as novelty, but as a real show of skill.

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