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Haiku: OPENING LINE…

29/06/2016

“I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.” Hippolyte Taine

Haiku: OPENING LINE... Cat Talk & Conversations

Haiku: OPENING LINE… Cat Talk & Conversations

Haiku: OPENING LINE... Cat Talk & Conversations

Haiku: OPENING LINE… Cat Talk & Conversations

It was the first time,
and it wouldn’t be the last.
Our cat spoke English…

“What’s up babe?” he said
Head turned … SHOCKED! Heart skipped a beat
“Yep, it’s me,” he winked!

“What’s for dinner, babe?”
Whhhat’s with thhhe “babe”? I stammered
Wait … this is crazy!

Do cats speak English?
“Heck yeah, And Catlish too, babe!”
What’s with the babe? Dude!

Tangy purred … and yawned
“Babe … is an endearment, no?”
“Humans don’t get it!”

You’re a cat! I screamed
“So what? We breathe and think too…”
He had a point, true…

For this week’s Discover Challenge, I ventured into the fantasy, Alice-in-Wonderland-like world of talking pets. So, this is clearly a fantasy and I took great liberties in calling this a Haiku. It follows the 5-7-5 syllable format but that’s about it… I did veer off dangerously into the world of talking pets, and I hope you enjoyed imagining what it would be like to have a chat with your pet cat, dog or iguana. Whatever the outcome, I bet it would be hilarious and enlightening too. Cats are a fascinating species and have a high degree of intuition about their owners. They can be loving and, when it serves them, aloof. They were, according to some texts, venerated in ancient Egypt, and many a cat owner would admit that they have a certain carriage or snobbery about them. It’s sort of a refined take-charge smarts that I love about our tabby cat, Tangy, and others I’ve met over the years. That said, our family cat, Tangy, wasn’t impressed when I shared this post with him … I wonder why. Ha! Enjoy the rest. 🙂

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“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” Sigmund Freud

Haiku: OPENING LINE... Cat Talk & Conversations

Haiku: OPENING LINE… Cat Talk & Conversations

Haiku: OPENING LINE... Cat Talk & Conversations

Haiku: OPENING LINE… Cat Talk & Conversations

It was the first time,
and it wouldn’t be the last.
Our cat spoke to me…

“What’s for lunch then, babe?”
First, don’t call me BABE, okay?
“Whatever, lady!”

How did you learn this?
“I listened, practiced … voila!”
You speak French too!?

“Mais oui, ma chérie!”
Our cat, Tangy, is smart … but
Was this real? A dream?

Tangy stared at me…
“Babe … it’s our secret, okay?”
“PRETEND. It’s. A. DREAM!”

But. You. Are. A. Cat!
“So what? Life is a mystery…”
Yep! He had a point…

At this point, you might have considered what triggered this post, right? Whenever I sit at my computer to write, our family cat climbs up on the table and sits very close to my computer. Sometimes, he just sits and listens to the tap, tap of my laptop keys and soon drifts off into a quiet snooze. At other times, he stares and tries to engage or distract me from what I’m doing. While it might seem like fun to him, I’m usually trying to finish a post so, I give him a toy to distract him. Today, I looked at him and said, “Tangy, what’s up?” and he winked. A humorous thought popped into my head: What if he could actually talk back? What if he came back with a: “What’s for dinner, babe?” Thus began the genesis of this post. The creative impulse is a fascinating part of our being, and we are all subject to its gifts and surprising expressions. Relish yours.

This post was inspired by a WordPress Prompt:  Discover Challenge: Opening Line –  For this week’s challenge, publish a post — any kind of post, be it fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography, illustration, video, or anything else — inspired by this line: It was the first time, and it wouldn’t be the last.
If you choose to write, use it as your opening line; for those using a different medium, use the line however you’d like.
Maybe you’ll write about a childhood memory, or make up a fictional fable. Perhaps you’ll sketch a child taking her first steps, or shoot a photo of newly-planted flowers springing up in your garden. We’re excited to see all the directions you explore!
To help other participants and new fans find your response in the Reader, tag your post with #DiscoverWP. Not sure how to add a tag? Learn more.

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Positive Motivation Tip: The creative impulse opens new and varied doors for us. Be ready to fall right in and relish it.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos : Cats via Pixabay and  Cat via Wikipedia

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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