The Prince-Poet-Cat of Gatineau, Quebec

By Lawrence “Mack in Texas” Hall (Rated G)

For Pushkin, of Happy Memory
And His House Pets Abbie and Alexander

In an ice-cream summer in the long ago
I met a marvelous cat in Gatineau

Pushkin by name, a fastidious Russian
His shiny fur coat never needed brushin’

He purred in an elegant iambic tetrameter
Precisely in its orderly parameter

A cat, of course, needn’t meter his speech
For a cat is a poem whose motions teach:

Running
Leaping
Sleeping
Purring
pouncing
Growling
Yowling
Howling
Twitching
Lurking
Sneaking
Posing
Dreaming
Snuggling

While in all things giving his children delight

In an ice-cream summer in the long ago
I met a marvelous cat in Gatineau

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