Monday 9 July 2018

Poetry Monday: Food

It's Poetry Monday, and the theme today is "food." Join Diane, Delores and me in reading and/or writing about this most universal of topics. You can leave a poem in the comments on any of our blogs, or post it on your own blog and leave us a comment to let us know where to find you. Try it! It's fun!


Who doesn't have something to say about food? We all need it. We all have a relationship of some kind with it.

Even my cats have something to say. They both adore their food. They don't have much else in common. The person who coined the phrase "fighting like cats and dogs" clearly never saw cats fighting with cats. It's not pretty. In fact, it can be deadly. That is why we keep our cats separated. One of them is very aggressive, and the other has a gimpy leg. We are sincerely afraid that the aggressive one would injure and possibly kill the one with the gimpy leg. At the very least, she would make life a living nightmare.

But -- just for you and me, just for today -- they have collaborated on a poem.

Introducing the kitties:

First, the cat-hating, person-maiming, food-loving Lulu:

Looks innocent, right? WRONG! She is crochety and would like to bite someone ASAP, please.

And here is her nemesis, the person-adoring, ever-meowing, food-loving Missy:

Looks fierce, right? WRONG! She only looks this way when she sees a bird. The rest of the time she is loving and gentle.

And here is their work of art.


kibble is king

we do not get along so gud
but jus today for donkeys blogg
we kitties say we do agree
on points below frum one to three

one is getting pats and play
two is sleeping all the day
three is kibble -- crunchy fud:
fud is gud! long live the fud!


There you have it. The first ever poem by Donkey's kitties. Something tells me it might not be the last. (Thank you to Martha for inspiring this trip through the kitties' minds! Currently you can find Martha at Miniaturopolis, here.)

Wishing you something extra-pleasing for your palate this week :)

Update: Next week's theme is "music" . . .



Elephant's Child said...

Huge smiles.
Jazz is definitely in Lulu's category. And, while he loves food he is fussy with it. Just as soon as we discover something he likes and stock up on it, he turns his elegant black nose up at it, and mutters angrily about 'poison'.

dinthebeast said...

Our kibble nibbler is the sweetest little furry terrorist you could ever want to meet. Unless you happen to be a mouse or a bird, or lately, a dragonfly...

-Doug in Oakland

kylie said...

FUd is gud, Long live the fud!

The wisest words I have ever heard from cats!

I don't know how you manage to keep them apart all the time. I would slip up for sure

River said...

I love the kitties contribution. Here's one from Lola
I'm in the moooood
For foooood.

Marie Smith said...

Lol. Love it. Great imagination!

LL Cool Joe said...

Fud is good! Not cat fud though. Rabbit in thick jelly is not my thing.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

We also keep our kitties separate. The older cat, Weezey, was 13 when we brought kitten, Daisy, into our home. Sweet Weezey hissed and cried and became very anxious and we worried about her health when her grey tail turned white. Some relationships are not meant to be.

Martha said...

Aw, thanks for the shoutout!

This was cute and funny. If only cats could speak. Or maybe not. I can't see them using tact. They'd probably tell us a whole bunch of things we don't want to hear!

only slightly confused said...

Your kitties write lovely poetry.....and they are so right.. fud is gud!!!!!

Diane Stringam Tolley said...

Your kitties are remarkable! Better at poetry than most of us! :)

jenny_o said...

Oh, how frustrating! And it always makes my heart sink like a stone into my stomach if a cat goes off his or her food for more than one meal. It can be a medical emergency if they don't eat for even a day or two, as we found out with our cats.

jenny_o said...

They'll chase just about anything that moves, unfortunately for the wildlife!

jenny_o said...

We HAVE slipped up! Luckily our gimpy girl held the aggressive one at bay until we could scoop her up. We are extra vigilant every time we open and close doors in this house :)

jenny_o said...

Hahaha! Love it, River :)

jenny_o said...

Glad to make you lol, Marie :)

jenny_o said...

It's not mine, either! Well, neither is kibble, for that matter :)

jenny_o said...

You're right. I think our aggressive kitty would be better in a one-cat household. Unfortunately I think she's too aggressive to people to easily find another home.

For such ubiquitous animals, cats are often very sensitive to a number of things in their environment, aren't they? And they're all different.

I love Weezey's and Daisy's names :)

jenny_o said...

I'm pretty confident you're right about that!! Or maybe we've been reading too many lolcat memes :)

Steve Reed said...

LOL -- it's your very own LOLcats moment!

jenny_o said...

Everybody gotta eat, right? :)

jenny_o said...

Ha ha! Not bad for beginners, eh? :)

jenny_o said...

I wish! I am so often tickled by the lolcat memes, but I can't think of any myself! But thank you :)

Joan (Devon) said...

It's always a worry when two pets don't get on, but I'm wondering how the cat you gave back to your son got on with Lulu?

jenny_o said...

Lulu was aggressive toward him as well. In fact, she is even aggressive with my husband and I, if we do something she doesn't like (sometimes as simple as walking in front of her). She's better with us than she used to be, but we have to be careful when we have visitors.

The cat who went to live with our son is getting along really well. Both of them are liking the new arrangement so I'm glad the move happened.

Yorkshire Pudding said...


Since the rains failed again
We have waited
Hoping for a miracle
We have nothing
All our flour is gone
We sprawl in these shadows
Half awake
Dreaming of nsima
Dreaming of fruits
Chewing on roots…
Little Chimango died yesterday
We buried his bones
Under the butterfly tree
Where he used to play.
Is it rude
To pray for food?
Send parachutes
Mr President Trump!
Drop rice upon us!
Drop nsima and ndiwo!
We are waiting.

jenny_o said...

This is the serious and heartbreaking aspect of food, isn't it . . . so many people go hungry. Thanks for your poem, YP.

Diane Henders said...

LOL! Kittehs gud poets! And I completely agree with their priorities: Pats, play, food, and naps. Where do I sign up for that life?

jenny_o said...

Just come to our house, Diane! Assuming you're okay with kibble, that is :D

No, no, just kidding! This week it's potato salad and strawberry shortcake :)

crafty cat corner said...

So pleased to hear that someone else has warring cats. Until the broken leg incident, Princess was top dog, laying in wait for whoever has dared to use the cat tray that is behind the bathroom door, the leg put paid to that little activity, lol
Rupert usually decides to have a go at someone when we are cosy in bed and Willow thinks upstairs belongs to her and sits at the top of the stairs daring one of the others to go up.
I could go on, lol

jenny_o said...

It has occurred to me before this to wonder how your cats all get along! Whenever we've had more than one, there have always been problems, not as bad as the current two, but everything from ambushing to bullying. Cats are quite territorial so I guess we shouldn't be surprised - ha ha

Diane Henders said...

Packing my bags now! :-)

jenny_o said...


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