This is Gilly, so named as I found her as a kitten near ITT Gilfillan. She was so small, she fit inside a kleenex box. She's walking the kitty clouds these days (Drawing - Lois P. Jones).

      This is Gilly, so named as I found her as a kitten near ITT Gilfillan. She was so small, she fit inside a kleenex box. She’s walking the kitty clouds these days (Drawing – Lois P. Jones).

      – 2/28/18

      Hosted by Kathabela Wilson

      With all the talk of the Year of the Dog, I began to wonder:

      Chinese garden
      at the entrance
      who watches
      stone guardian dogs
      wishing for the cat year

      Then I learned that in Vietnam they do honor the cat along with the rabbit! But in the more familiar Chinese zodiac there is no cat. I read that there was a story that the cat did not cooperate with the other animals in the cycle, so it did not have a year! But we all know how wise and sensitive cats are.

      ~ Kathabela

      Tortie (Photo - Pris Campbell).

      Tortie (Photo – Pris Campbell).

      Giselle Maya

      in our perched village
      one cat tells another
      if you are hungry
      go to maya’s window sill
      for some tasty crackers

      cat and i
      surprise each other
      one dashing down
      the other up
      the winding stairs

      Giselle Maya, who lives in Provence, France, says: “My dear Tora tiger cat asked ‘when is the Year of the Cat?’ Tora is quite special to me: When a lady from Goult brought him over for adoption, he immediately sat on my knees & I heard a very soft purr.​”​

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      Taura Scott

      bundled up
      in stripes and fur
      bouncing off walls
      my little
      foot warmer

      Taura Scott, called Tanka Taura by her poet friends, lives in Pasadena and loves cats. She says: “Hmmm. Cats were so revered in ancient Egypt that they were buried with kings.”

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      Darla (Photo - Jean Sudbury).

      Darla (Photo – Jean Sudbury).

      Peter Jastermsky

      the cat asleep
      on her chest
      the rest
      of the morning
      spoken for

      Peter Jastermsky lives in Irvine, California. He says: “our cat, Frankie, has gotten​
      especially demanding and entitled, partly due to the cold weather​​. He must think this is the year of the cat and he is the cat the year is about!”

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      Susan Burch

      after my cat’s death
      I take the battery out of
      my meowing clock –
      if only it were that easy
      to turn off my grief…

      Susan Burch ​lives in Hagerstown, MD with her husband and daughter. She hopes the year of the cat will bring love, health, and prosperity to her family and friends.​

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      Their names Rock & Roll,"we humans/ we do love our cats" (Photo - Mike Duffy).

      Their names Rock & Roll,”we humans/ we do love our cats” (Photo – Mike Duffy).

      Shrikaanth K. Murthy​​

      the cat unravels
      the yarn
      you spun so smoothly
      over the years

      Shrikaanth K. Murthy​​ lives in​ Birmingham, UK. He says: “Time itself is a cat- so playfully undoing a life’s worth of work. And yet here is no vindictiveness to it. New Years come and go, and the cat too, in that cycle.”

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      Pris Campbell​​

      a cat howls
      outside my window…
      up all night
      for different reasons
      than when I was younger

      Pris Campbell lives in Lake Worth, F​lorida​​. ​S​​he ​and her husband ​​have two cats​ who “showed up at our door​…a few years apart,​…​and made it known that they intended to live with us.​ ​So for us it is always the year of the cat!”

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      Tabby (Photo - Pris Campbell).

      Tabby (Photo – Pris Campbell).

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        • Kathabela Wilson

          Kathabela Wilson is a local poet/writer/artist and musician. Her Poets Salon has become an international respected must read in the poetry world. She's the creator and host of the Pasadena-based group, “Poets on Site.”

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      1. Mary Kendall says:

        Some splendid poems here by some very special poets. Who doesn’t love a cat?

      2. Erika Wilk says:

        these are delightful poems, photos and beautiful drawing by Lois , Impressive!

      3. Giselle Maya says:

        THE SNOW CAT 28 February 2018

        this very night we had a snowstorm here in Provence, a rare thing; my Tora tiger cat usually goes galavanting at night – he went out the cat door in spite of the snow, came back with a veil of snowflakes on his fur which i towel dried to loud purring sounds – in the morning i found only cat footprints in our narrow village lane – prints of a cat leaving and returning from our cat door — as for the birds who come for sunflower seeds, there was a layer of snow on the seeds. I awoke enchanted by the white landscape, the mountains my window sill, everything glazed by peony snowflakes . . .while the cat napped by the embers of the evening fire.

        giselle maya

      4. Alex Nodopaka says:

        To me your theme looks like the year of the pussycat If we have hot dogs, how come we don’t have hot pussycats? lol

      5. Giselle Maya says:

        in fact in China the year which is the Year of the Rabbit in Japan is considered the Year of the Cat, i believe.

      6. Giselle Maya says:

        what a good idea dear Katha to choose the theme of the ‘Year of the Cat’, most interesting and enjoyable for the poet who loves cats and her/his cat especially! Merci for your work on this!

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