Friday, February 19, 2010

An Edifying Ellipse



Seek purity of thought and deed.

Do nothing from selfish motives.

Enter with a kind word,

And when you leave, take nothing with you that would better serve those left behind.


If you fail in any of these things,

Look cute.

It will remedy a thousand sins.


If you wish to understand God,

Study cats.

If you wish to understand cats,

Observe women.

If you wish to understand women,

God help you,

Even if you are one.


God, cats, and women all like to be listened to.

Each uses her own special parlance.

Those who attend well shall become wise, and perhaps, accidentally, happy.

All three expect worship and indulgence.

Each demands certain rituals.

All are omniscient.


(we know.

we know you know we know.

all else is predicated on this basic truth.)


God, cats, and women are all inherently beautiful, capricious, brilliant, divine, and occasionally prone to huge huge blunders.

This is when having nine lives,

Saying, "I meant to do that,"

Or wearing gigantic dark glasses can be remedial.


Failing these,

Look cute.

It will absolve these periodic lapses.

_____


27 comments:

mac said...

I like women and cats.

Two out of three ain't bad?

Talon said...

Stripey and Missy agree - especially on the brilliance. And that brilliance includes this poem because it is absolutely brilliant.

Riot Kitty said...

"If you wish to understand women,

God help you,

Even if you are one."

So true!

Great poem, Twin.

Secretia said...

This poem is cute.
Cats are the most thoughtful of animals. None more than that magnificient black cat who lives in The Word Garden!

Secretia

Ily said...

Notice how she didn't mention men. lol

Beautiful, my dahling. All boys should read this.

Shark Butt said...

So well done.

And Shark Butt wants to know where you got the picture of his brother Monkey (Butt)

Jeannie said...

So much truth - especially the "look cute"

Mama Zen said...

This is wisdom!

Cloudia said...

Am cute-ing as hard as I can...



Aloha, Friend!


Comfort Spiral

Dulce said...

Did I say I love cats?
So, if am compared to them welcome!
Feeling softly worded by Shay...

Apeetha Ravi said...

oh god! So lovely!

I went "ah!" with each line- and couldn't choose just one to quote!
Plus I love the font, makes it look like a page from a notebook!

Mimi Foxmorton said...

And oh, what beautiful and magical ritual it is...........!
:)

poeformology said...

Haha! Your words ring true. I enjoyed reading this.

Marian said...

that is a damn cute cat. and i wish i had some giant dark glasses on. i would like to be heard. sigh.

Laurie Kolp said...

hehehe... this is too cute, Shay... especially:

If you wish to understand God,


Study cats.


If you wish to understand cats,


Observe women.


If you wish to understand women,


God help you,


Even if you are one

Mark Windham said...

So many truths in these words. Well Don and lots of fun.

Helen said...

I missed this first time around .. so glad you posted today! I'm tempted to pay a visit to our local humane society .. I miss having a kitty!

Abin Chakraborty said...

all hail O Omniscient Shay! we men just keep asking 'what women want'and never know.thanks for the oracle!

Kerry O'Connor said...

I like how this begins in an almost Desiderata-like tone, then changes to the more personal philosophy on cats, women and God.. Tongue-in-cheek as only you can write.

Laura said...

Wonderful!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I enjoyed every perfect word.

turtlememoir said...

Words to live by, gorgeously different in the saying... I particularly loved:

If you wish to understand God,
Study cats.
If you wish to understand cats,
Observe women.
If you wish to understand women,
God help you,
Even if you are one.

Herotomost said...

Left to their own devices women may become ferral....lol. This was one of those funny...but true...but funny...damn she's right poems. Advice heeded and taken many times. I prefer to have no cats and to hang on by my fingertips and enjoy the ride....its not that women should own the world...its that they do. The quicker we realize that, the less of an asshole we will look like as the truth unfolds. So enjoyed this.

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh, Shay, I love love love this poem. I'm going to send the link to my best friend who has moved to England with her cats and her husband. One or more of them might want to heed your wonderful advice.
K

Mary said...

This is brilliant! Tongue in cheek....but filled with "truths" that make me smile.

Mary Ann Potter said...

A lovely work! I've had 4 cats in my life, all living in my memories. A true statement about these beautiful critters:
Dogs have owners, but cats have a staff.

Jinksy said...

What great advice from one who has definitely studied all three subjects well... :)