Treasure Island

Adeline Foster

(Instructor of poetry, Hagerstown, MD)

The Cat is Free


The cat is free;
No tether he
Will wear in circumspect.

Ah but the eyes
And jealous cries
We hold in dire respect.

Disdains the call,
A prison wall
Will never him attract.

Yet he betrays
His freedom's ways
For one kind word and pat.

Submitted: Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Edited: Sunday, March 27, 2011

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  • Diane Hine (2/11/2014 5:01:00 AM)

    The domestication of the cat is surprising given their solitary habits in the wild. Your poem cuts to the heart of this. (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (3/6/2013 4:13:00 PM)

    adeline, a kind word and a pat has sometimes worked with my wife as well. i'm not really a cat lover as you
    seemed to think after reading my big fat cat without a hat. of course i wouldn't kick a cat down the stairs; it might retaliate! thanks for sharing. bri (Report) Reply

  • Lulu Mero (9/12/2012 8:26:00 PM)

    Wow*
    The cat is free indeed! !
    I love you rhyme and structure
    U have notice my writing style doesn't follow poetry rule i am more in art creative writing :) (Report) Reply

  • Frank Cannon (6/10/2008 3:32:00 PM)

    Like the cat with her ball of wool I too am blissfully entertained by this cute construction. (Report) Reply

  • Jerry Hughes (12/12/2007 4:06:00 PM)

    I relate to this gem - a dog is man's best friend, cats tolerate us in the nicest way. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Howard (12/12/2007 3:36:00 PM)

    What wonderful language. Our two cats love to be petted but entirely on their schedule. As they say, 'Dogs have masters, cats have staff.' (Report) Reply

  • Chuck Audette (11/7/2007 3:59:00 PM)

    Loved the rhyme-scheme and flow! 10. will be reading more. p.s. I also have one called 'Free Cat'. Great minds thinking alike? -chuck (Report) Reply

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