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Good afternoon, felinity assembled!

Daddy Kiril, here.

Welcome to Day 11 of the Poetry A Day Challenge by Robert Lee Brewer, of the wonderful Poetic Asides Blog, at Writer's Digest.

As he explains in his post...

"Write a dedication poem. This is a poem dedicated to a person, an animal, or an organization. Or hey, objects work too–like a poem to a rock or paper bag. Put the dedication in the title or in a line under the title (“for Mother” or “to the heart-shaped rock between the creek and the tulips”).

Remember: These prompts are just springboards; you have the freedom to jump in any direction you want."

(The Day 1 poem, by Sneakers, is here)

For this entry Elvira & I are sharing 2 poems dedicated to the memory of the legendary Mr. Nikita (1998-2013), the founder of this blog.

In October 2013 My sweet Nikita went to Rainbow Bridge.

It was not an easy month to get through for me, or for young Miss Elvira, but we did.

Using photos, storytelling and poetry we channeled our grief in positive ways in a blog post dedicated to him.

I want to share the poems here, again, and invite you to visit the blog post for the photos and Rainbow Bridge story, plus the 10 links that help Elvira make her points in her own poem...

"Nikita, My Sweet Muse" By Kiril Kundurazieff

Nikita, Nikita,
15 years with you
Just an opinionated pussycat
Nikita, my sweet muse.

Nikita, Nikita
Words for you
Came as easy and clear
On any subject, I just looked to the news.

The paws of another reach out to me
Another kitty purrs tenderly
Still in my sleep I see
The creative debt I owe to you.

Nikita,
Ooh Nikita, the peace I find
Will come through another
Honoring Nikita, my sweet muse.

Another kitty is the creative spark for me
Another voice is the opinionated pussycat
Still in my sleep I see
The creative debt I owe to you.

Nikita, Nikita,
The future I find
Expressing the thoughts of another
Pays tribute to Nikita, my sweet muse.

Just the original opinionated pussycat
Nikita, my sweet muse.


Nikita Was His Name-O! By Elvira Mistress of Felinity

There was an opinionated Pussy,
And Nikita was his name-o.
He shared his thoughts.
He spoke his mind.
Quite the writer, I’ll have you know!

Lady Cats thought him cute,
He pissed off PETA,
And Nikita was his name-o.
His blog some folks digged; some it "creeped out"!
Quite the writer, I’ll have you know!

“You Rock!” they said.
“You’re quite talented!”
"What a beautiful smile!"
And Nikita was his name-o.
Quite the writer, I’ll have you know!

"An established feline journalist!"
“A real source of inspiration!”
“Y’all check him out”, was the word,
“Strong-willed”, “Refreshing” “Full of personality”
And Nikita was his name-o!

Visit the original tribute post, in all its glory, here.

Stay tuned for Day 12!

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Good evening, felinity assembled!

Elvira Mistress of Felinity, here.

Welcome to Day 10 of the Poetry A Day Challenge by Robert Lee Brewer,
of the wonderful Poetic Asides Blog, at Writer's Digest.

As he explains in his post...

"Write a lone poem. Perhaps the poem is about a solitary wanderer or person who just prefers to go it alone.
Or a lone winner, lone wolf, or some other solo individual. Or alternatively, I’ll accept poems that are about loans or that are about being alone.

Remember: These prompts are just springboards; you have the freedom to jump in any direction you want."

(The Day 1 poem, by Sneakers, is here)

Today we feature another poem by our founder, Mr. Nikita...

My mentor-to-be wrote this beauty only 2 months into the existence of this blog, in Feb. 2010.

The way he described what he was trying to get at in his piece was this way...

"The Food Bowl...Outside anything slathered in catnip, this may be the most favorite thing in the daily life of a cat.
But what happens if your human forgets to fill it when scheduled, or for a whole day, or...?

With apologies to Archie Campbell, Buck Owens, and Hee Haw fans everywhere..."

Hiss! I Had None by Mr. Nikita (Originally shared 2/2/10)

Down here in the city, a place that tries a cats soul
Laying in the window waiting for you
When you went out for the weekend, you didn't fill my food bowl
I'm starving here, what am I to do?
I rubbed your leg, danced a jig, and wiggled my tail
As I looked at your face
I hoped you wouldn't be remiss, feeding me without fail
But your attention was scattered all over the place

Chorus:
Where, oh where, are you tonight?
Why did you leave me here with no food, all alone?
I searched the house over,
And thought I found the grub.
But the door was locked and
Hiss! I had none.

I know that you love me, here's my way of knowing
The proofs are the many toys on the floor so fine
When I play with the catnip and feel my mind blowing
You're nightly hugging this body of mine.
The noises you make when I jump on the table
The things you do for me that some think absurd
But how many times do I have to tell you
Kibbles are a dish that I love 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Chorus:
Where, oh where, are you tonight?
Why did you leave me here with no food, all alone?
I searched the house over,
And thought I found the grub.
But the door was locked and
Hiss! I had none.

Remember you rescued me, a-sobbin' and cryin'
From a dog that bit my maw, and drug me around
You said I looked frail and thought I was dyin'
I said "Don't worry, I won't die, and will long be around."
I had six kittens, not 8 or 11
They were boys, and they climbed all over the Cat Tower
I wish you'd hurry back, without you ain't heaven
'Cause if you don't I'm afraid you may need some Flowers.

Chorus:
Where, oh where, are you tonight?
Why did you leave me here with no food, all alone?
I searched the house over,
And thought I found the grub.
But the door was locked and
Hiss! I had none.

I searched the house over,
And thought I found the grub.
But the door was locked and
Hiss! I had none.

Stay tuned for Day #11!

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The Opinionated Pussycat by Miss Elvira, Sassy Lady Cat - 1w ago

  Good evening, felinity assembled!

Elvira Mistress of Felinity, here.

Welcome to Day 9 of the Poetry A Day Challenge by Robert Lee Brewer, of the wonderful Poetic Asides Blog, at Writer's Digest.

As he explains in his post...

"Pick one prompt or use both…your choice!

  1. 1. Write a love poem.
    2. Write an ant-love poem...or not!

  2. Remember: These prompts are just springboards; you have the freedom to jump in any direction you want."

(The Day 1 poem, by Sneakers, is here)

I want to share a poem I wrote back in 2014.

In the aftermath of a kitten rescue we made I was inspired by the poetry of Edward Lear.

 

Feline Resignation or “Rutting Season” by Elvira Mistress of Felinity


I really hate to mention it,
But, I want to make it plain -
Very soon, you need to know,
It will be rutting season again! -
Tom after tom, they will pleasure me -
Siamese - Maine Coon - plain black -
Three times a year, you see,
I get this urge to hop into the sack!

They tempt me so, with looks so fair.
Their yowling so attracts me! -
Young - middle-aged - old - who cares! -
I welcome all comers with glee! -
It’s true this love is fleeting,
I brush each one off, after, like dust -
While there is no other meeting,
Raise our 3 offspring I must.

I bat my eyes, saying a sexy "meow",
And let them have their way! -
They say they love me so,
And this, too, I let them know -
For my part, I’m so very sick
Of acting the tart with all this lust -
To find a fix, that’s the trick!
Otherwise 9 kitten births a year I must.

For more about my inspiration and a link to the rescue story, go here.

Stay tuned for #10!

 

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The Opinionated Pussycat by Friday The Bearded Lady - 1w ago

Good evening, felinity assembled!

Friday the Bearded Lady, here!

Welcome to Day 8 of the Poetry A Day Challenge by Robert Lee Brewer, of the wonderful Poetic Asides Blog, at Writer's Digest.

As he explains in his post...


"Write a lucky number poem. Some people have lucky numbers, some don’t.
Wherever you fall on the lucky number spectrum, you can still write a poem about the phenomenon of lucky numbers and/or luck in general.

Remember: These prompts are just springboards; you have the freedom to jump in any direction you want."

(The Day 1 poem, by Sneakers, is here)

Here is mine!

Wh0, Me? by Friday the Bearded Lady

Some say black cats are unlucky.
Who, me? Unlucky?
Ceiling Cat forbid!
I'm only part black...
After 3 years
My human seems to be
Doing quite fine
Thank you very much!

 

 

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The Opinionated Pussycat by Sneakers The Texian Tuxedo - 1w ago

  Good evening felinity assembled, Sneakers the Texian Tuxedo, here.

Welcome to Day 6 of the Poetry A Day Challenge by Robert Lee Brewer, of the wonderful Poetic Asides Blog, at Writer's Digest.

As he explains in his post...

"For today’s prompt, write a jealous poem. Maybe you’re jealous. Or maybe someone else is jealous of you–or someone else. Whether envious of another or suspicious of a partner, dive deep into this emotion today."

Remember: These prompts are just springboards; you have the freedom to jump in any direction you want."

(The Day 1 poem, by me, is here)

As fans of his blog know, beginning with Nikita, the Opinionated Pussycats have been Stroller Kitties and...beginning with Miss Elvira, have even tried our paw at being Leash Lionesses.

It's been over 3 years, though, and while we still have the leashes, Daddy Kiril needs to get us a new stroller, when he can afford to do so. 

It's been 5 years since I tried on the leash....and we never did go outside, darn it!

The archive, with all its photos, can be explored here.

This brings me to the subject of todays poem.

 

 

 

As far as we know, while we can accompany our human to many places, we know of no cafes, where dogs are allowed, that also allow felines to accompany their humans, or that allow us, but no dogs.

As far as we know there are no "Cat Parks" where felines can take their humans, and hang out with other felines and gossip, and play.

Have you seen some of these places? Wow!

So, here is my poem!

 

 

Jealousy by Sneakers the Texian Tuxedo

Dear dog
When I see you
Walking your human
Down the street,
To the Dog Park,
I am only jealous
For one reason.

When we cats
Take our human out
For walkies, or a stroller trip,
There's no community playground
And gathering place for us to visit.
What's up with that?
What are we? Chopped Tuna?

 

Stay tuned for Day 8

 

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The Opinionated Pussycat by Friday The Bearded Lady - 1w ago

Good evening, felinity assembled!

Friday the Bearded Lady, here!

Welcome to Day 6 of the Poetry A Day Challenge by Robert Lee Brewer, of the wonderful Poetic Asides Blog, at Writer's Digest.

As he explains in his post...

 

Take the phrase “After (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “After Dinner,” “After You,” “After Hours,” and/or “After I Finish Writing This Poem.”


Remember: These prompts are just springboards; you have the freedom to jump in any direction you want."

(The Day 1 poem, by Sneakers, is here)

So, here is my effort, appropriate for a lazy Saturday afternoon...

 

After Noon by Friday the Bearded Lady

After I finish writing this poem
I will go take my after noon nap.
But not until after some Window TV,
Followed by my mid-day crap.

Stay tuned for Day 7!

 

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The Opinionated Pussycat by Miss Elvira, Sassy Lady Cat - 2w ago

Good evening, felinity assembled!

Elvira Mistress of Felinity, here.

Welcome to Day 5 of the Poetry A Day Challenge by Robert Lee Brewer, of the wonderful Poetic Asides Blog, at Writer's Digest.

As he explains in his post...

"For today’s prompt, write a stolen poem. And no, don’t steal anyone’s poem! But you can write about doing such a thing. Or stealing hearts, stealing time, stealing minds. Or steeling your mind (remember: I don’t care if you play on my original prompt). Steal away into a comfortable place to write and break some lines today.

Remember: These prompts are just springboards; you have the freedom to jump in any direction you want."

(The Day 1 poem, by Sneakers, is here)

Speaking of Sneakers...this one is for you, girlfriend! :-D

Kibble Thief by Elvira Mistress of Felinity

She stole a bite, then stole two,
From my food bowl, them she took.
Sister, dear, please know I love you,
And I hope you know I don't think you a crook.

 

Stay tuned for part 6!

 

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 Good evening felinity assembled, Sneakers the Texian Tuxedo, here.

We hope you are enjoying this series, so far.

Welcome to Day 4 of the Poetry A Day Challenge by Robert Lee Brewer, of the wonderful Poetic Asides Blog, at Writer's Digest.

As he explains in his post...

"For today’s prompt, pick a painter, make him or her the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible painters include Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, or Pablo Picasso. Of course, you don’t have to go with the big names. You can use more obscure painters or more contemporary ones."

Remember: These prompts are just springboards; you have the freedom to jump in any direction you want."

(The Day 1 poem, by me, is here)

My first thought was of something Daddy Kiril had made at Knotts Berry Farm, back in December 2011...but it was a drawing, not a painting, darn it!

Anyway, this masterpiece of a caricature was drawn by a remarkably talented young artist named Oscar.

It once graced the sidebar of this blog and may one day do so again.

So, after some thought, and a bit of Googling, I came up with something simple about cats and painters.

Tabby cats can be red
The Charteaux, and The Korat are blue.
No matter the color, it must be said,
A Society of Feline Artists, artist, will likely paint those cats, too!

As described on their fascinating website...

"S.O.F.A. is open to all feline artists working in any media or style and may depict any members of the cat family from the largest wild cats to the smallest domestic cat."

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Good evening, felinity assembled!

Elvira Mistress of Felinity, here, for a special entry in our Poem A Day efforts.

Welcome to Day 3 of the Poetry A Day Challenge by Robert Lee Brewer, of the wonderful Poetic Asides Blog, at Writer's Digest.


As he explains in his post...

"For today’s prompt, write an animal poem. The poem could be about an animal. Or it could just mention an animal in passing. Or include an animal in your title and fail to mention the animal once in your poem. Your poem, your rules.

Remember: These prompts are just springboards; you have the freedom to jump in any direction you want."

(The Day 1 poem, by Sneakers, is here)

Well, hell, this is right up our alley!

This blog has been known, since its founding, for its feline themed poetry  and storytelling.

 

 

Actually, our founder, Mr. Nikita, was writing poetry, over on Daddy Kiril's blog, long before starting a blog of his own.

What I want to do, in this post, is share links to poems by each of the 4 of us, and Daddy Kiril, too, and encourage you to visit our poetry and story archive that goes back 9 years.

Let us know your thoughts, and maybe you will get some inspiration along the way.

Daddy Kiril: An Old Cat Lover (Inspired by a Tennessee Ernie Ford song!)

A Street in Laredo: A Ballad of the 8th Texian Tuxedo By An Unknown Feline

Mr. Nikita: Sixteen Coyotes (Inspired by a Tennesee Ernie Ford song!)

Elvira Mistress of Felinity: The Neighbor's Dog Got Run Over By a Feline (Inspired by a famous song!) and The Opinionated Pussycats Theme Song! (Inspired by The Munsters!)

Sneakers the Texian Tuxedo: Denied

Friday the Bearded Lady: Sittin' In the Window All Day (Inspired by an Otis Redding song!)

Stay tuned for Day 4!

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Good evening, felinity assembled!

Long time no see! Friday the Bearded Lady, here!

Welcome to Day 2 of the Poetry A Day Challenge by Robert Lee Brewer, of the wonderful Poetic Asides Blog, at Writer's Digest.

As he explains in his post...

"Today is actually a special day: Two for Tuesday! Pick one prompt or use both…your choice!
Write a worst case poem. What’s the worst that could happen?
Write a best case poem. Take the worst and reverse it!

Remember: As mentioned yesterday, these prompts are just springboards; you have the freedom to jump in any direction you want."

(The Day 1 poem, by Sneakers, is here)

So, I got to thinking...

And this is what I came up with!

THE DECISION by Friday the Bearded Lady

To nab (“steal” is too strong a word) a bite or not,
That’s the decision before me.
Easter Dinner is on the table,
With sliced turkey tempting me so!

My humans are greeting guests
And no one would miss a bit of turkey, would they?
But, then again, someone
Might see me!

I’d be tossed in the laundry room
For the rest of the night,
Or possibly worse!

Oh, what the heck,
We Cats are said to
Have 9 lives, right?
And, I’m hungry!

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