Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Poem of the Day: “O CAT!” by Mary Soon Lee, Frequent Contributor & Poet of the Week

Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is pleased to present “O CAT!” by Mary Soon Lee, a Songs of Eretz Frequent Contributor and this week’s Poet of the Week.  A biography of Ms. Lee may be found in our “About Our Editor & Frequent Contributors” section.

Mary Soon Lee

The car needs an oil change,
but that is irrelevant.
Your cat mat needs to be washed,
which is a serious matter.
The exhibition about crane flies
at the Carnegie Museum
is of no concern to you.
Your mouse is wedged under the sofa,
which is an emergency.
The destabilization of a foreign country:
neither here nor there --
or, more correctly, decidedly not here,
not in your house, not on your street,
and hence quite beside the point.

The melting of polar ice: not pertinent.
The keyboard cluttering your desk: an insult.
Your chin turned toward my hand
so that I might stroke it: 
imperative that action is taken at once.

The supernova in M101?
A topic of monumental insignificance.
The death of our own sun
in six billion years? Yawn.

The assertion that the yogurt
is not yours: preposterous.
The further claim that the chicken
is not yours: vile heresy.

The delay in your supper time: contemptible.
Recent allegations that you are portly
and should diet:
monstrous, insolent, outrageous lies.

Poet's Notes:  I have two cats, and this poem contains elements from both of them.  One of them likes to lie on my desk (his desk?), sometimes making it difficult for me to reach my keyboard and write.

Editor’s Note:  Even a dog person such as I can appreciate the humorous elements in this one.

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