the thirsty cat

the thirsty cat
with stripes on her back
woke from a nap
and stretched
yet didn't hop down
and walk around
to where her bowl
was waiting

the thirsty cat
with stripes on her back
spied just the thing
to whet her feline whistle
she dipped a paw
in a nearby glass
that was abandoned
by the boy she favors

the thirsty cat
with stripes on her back
dipped her white paw
from water to mouth
and back again
'til she realized
her muzzle
fit just fine
so she bent her head
and drank her fill
'til the water level
lowered

the thirsty cat
with stripes on her back
content as could be
sits upright
thirst nearly sated
she swoops her paw
for a few more sips
before she goes back
to napping
the thirsty cat
did just that
earlier today

Watching our tabby cat, Snuggles, drink from my youngest son's water glass this morning, I was reminded of Aesop's Fable, "The Crow and the Pitcher". Wikipedia summarizes this fable by saying, "A thirsty crow comes upon a pitcher with water at the bottom, beyond the reach of its beak. After failing to push over the pitcher, it drops in pebbles, one by one, until the water rises to the top of the pitcher, allowing the crow to drink."

I needed a grin, so I wrote this little poem about my kitty cat, Miss Snuggles. She's a fine feline and one I think you'd like as well. She's a good lap warmer and a good friend. To A.T.B. and I especially. It's true we're her favorites, though my husband is running neck and neck with us as he's been more restful in recuperation. We can tell she'd love to be a barn cat, not a house cat, so she can prowl and mouse and use all of her claws. She wants to climb trees and play with the children outside and chase rabbits, squirrels and birds as well. Her tail flicks from side to side as she watches them play outdoors. Alas, she's a house cat. Our cat. We are her people.

Cat in the Sunshine
by A.T.B, age 7 1/2
April 5, 2011
http://my.opera.com/jbaird/blog/cat-in-the-sunshine

Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crow_and_the_Pitcher

The Crow and the Pitcher
http://www.aesops-fables.org.uk/aesop-fable-the-crow-and-the-pitcher.htm

© 2011 Janean Baird, Turquoise Tangles

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61 thoughts on “the thirsty cat

  1. Originally posted by jbaird:

    Still vacationing on School Break I presume.

    Yep – and getting some real life work done too… Read the whole post, and all the others too. Don't have much inspiration; sorry. Just saying, appreciated!

  2. Originally posted by bentrein:

    Originally posted by jbaird:

    Still vacationing on School Break I presume.

    Yep – and getting some real life work done too… Read the whole post, and all the others too. Don't have much inspiration; sorry. Just saying, appreciated!

    Glad you're still enjoying your holiday, and finding time for productivity too. Thanks for reading. Much appreciated in return. 🙂

  3. Originally posted by greatZenaida:

    Hello Janean too, yes I saw your art work from your kids beautiful…have great day and enjoy your holidays with your kids and family.:D

    Thank you for reading the poems I wrote for each of my children, Zena. I replied to your thoughtful notes there as well. Cheers! ~ Janean

  4. Originally posted by greatZenaida:

    All of us still on vacation, not much to do…and luckyly I'm sick just a flu…but yesterday still off and I went to the film with my son and my daughter…and today, watching old film, log in the site…just not to feel blues…:awww: Hello Ben…hummmmm simple things to be done, but give you a peace of mind…as you said appreciated…de beste wensen 2012!!!

    Hope you're feeling better today, Zena. Lots of germs floating around here too. 'Tis the season for that too, unfortunately. Movies are fun. Some more so than others. Light romantic comedies are my favorite. The kind with Happily Ever After. Occasionally I like other genres. Just depends. Hope the sun is shining and your blues are lifting. When the blues hit I counteract them by wearing the brightest colors I can find. It helps. Especially if the day outside is gray and gloomy. The New Year is coming! May it be happy and filled with joy. ~ Janean

  5. To go along with our earlier art discussion, I wanted to let you know that I posted, "My One Day Art Show" earlier today. It's an account, with photographs and words, of the one day art show I had in uptown Normal, Illinois on December 14, 2011. My art photo album has also been updated. ~ Janeanhttp://my.opera.com/jbaird/blog/2012/01/03/my-one-day-art-show

  6. hello…Ben good 2 see you here…and have a good day to everyone… 😀

  7. Originally posted by jbaird:

    Originally posted by greatZenaida:

    hello…Ben good 2 see you here…and have a good day to everyone… 😀

    Hello again, great Zenaida! Saw your note in my shout box. I shall reply in yours! Hope you have A WONDERFUL DAY TOO! 🙂

    Yes I had a very nice good weekend…spending time with my family….and of course yestreday in the church …my son love to give sermon also ….he's funny just like his dad talk to much…

    So you have two sons too…how old they are? And you have a great day with them…us usual groceries, Christmas tree, going to the movie having fun ….that's all nice activities in this month..and your husband he's home…hummm tht's another monopoly game…. 😆 :cheers: :up: 😀

  8. Originally posted by bentrein:

    Originally posted by jbaird:

    May have to remedy that tomorrow.

    And? Did that work out? Kevin wanted to watch it today as soon as he was out of bed. I didn't let him; TV is for the evening… 😀

    Hello Ben….good to hear abt you son Kevin…yes that's good that he has time for watching TV….not all the time…me too I'm trying my son not too much spending time with electronics and you know abt here espc. in winter time…not much to do outside…he had few activities korf ball 3 times a week and op woensdag keyboard and he got swimming diploma already last month, but I'd like to regular visit the pool and we swimmng together one's a week, so he would'nt forgot to swom…hij is bij de hand af en toe…echte jongen …So and abt Kevin what his doing right now? is he go to school already I mean just kinder garden…he's so sweet little boy…Okay I wish you all the best and have good day and the whole week see you all next time.. 😀 😀 😀

  9. Yeah…everybody's happy if everyone at home…but what do you mean TV show? okay see you later at this time I'm busy with preparing breakfast for my kids ….I wish you a good day and Janean too…Bye 😀 😀 😀

  10. All of us still on vacation, not much to do…and luckyly I'm sick just a flu…but yesterday still off and I went to the film with my son and my daughter…and today, watching old film, log in the site…just not to feel blues…:awww: Hello Ben…hummmmm simple things to be done, but give you a peace of mind…as you said appreciated…de beste wensen 2012!!!

  11. Hello Janean too, yes I saw your art work from your kids beautiful…have great day and enjoy your holidays with your kids and family.:D

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