Litter Box Poem by Jefferson Carter

Litter Box

Rating: 5.0

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.

Mary X 17 September 2006

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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Duncan Wyllie 14 October 2006

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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Sue Ann Simar 01 November 2006

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

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Daniel Tyler 02 December 2006

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

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Dee Daffodil 19 January 2007

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

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An interesting commentary on ordinary life, extraordinary experiences.. the dread of insecurities… nicely penned

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I never realised how funny this poem is until I watched La Dolce Vita! ! ! ! How crazy life can 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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I enjoyed the way you expressed your complaints... had me smiling

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Suzan Gumush 09 August 2008

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

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Sarwar Chowdhury 07 August 2008

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

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