Saturday, March 03, 2007

Glove Gift

As I walked my path was crossed,
A cat as black as sin,
I grasped its tail and swung it high,
Against the curb its skull caved in.

So home I went with unlucky cat,
To skin and tan and cure,
To slice and shape a single glove,
Warm and soft luxurious fur.

Half a gift made for one,
Who should have known me better,
Who should never have gone away,
Leaving that Dear John letter.

A fine pair of gloves I’ll make
A gift of ill omen,
Not too good for the cats of course,
But it’ll be worse for that shallow woman.

14 comments:

paris parfait said...

Very clever! I'd love to send this to one of my cat-fanatic friends in the US, but she'd probably stop speaking to me. :)

Regina Clare Jane said...

Um... whoa... very cool poem- in a weird kind of way! :)

wendy said...

I am comforted, by the fact you have said you work in fiction. That being said this is a fine and sharp poem. and just in case..you are never allowed within ten feet of my dogs!

Tammy said...

I hope the shallow woman does not own a dog. :) Well written poem.

gautami tripathy said...

Well worded poem. Same kind of feeling here too about black cats.

KG said...

Such an interesting take on the prompt. Incredibly vivid imagery!

Next time you see a black cat, perhaps give it a chance? Some are quite sweet...

Inconsequential said...

KG - we have two cats here, not pure blacks, but near enough, they're still intact :)

Pod said...

as i have said before i wish i could take photos of the images your words inspire in the minds eye of pod. this is great

etain_lavena said...

I like that it has a rhythem....and black as sin...hmmm....reason why I don't get invited hey...and o I want photos....as proof please;)

Misplaced said...

I loved it!!!

BlueWolfess said...

meow...
lol...
I Like it , I'm sure all the cat ppl are freaking out , but...oh well...
yes Min , those two were mine written decades ago, just found them.

Sherry Snowdrop said...

Cool.

Penelope said...

Yes, cat person totally freaking out...for a minute. Then I just kind of chuckled and thought, "Hey, if you take Hanny, you could make two gloves and a hat and still have scraps left over." :P

ish said...

Good one inc. I love the barb (Barb?) at the end.