Curious Cat – for Prompt 51 – Complete Bafflement

Image credit:  Vlad Gerasimov at

Image credit: Vlad Gerasimov at

I found a cat upon a tree
Who grinned and grinned quite viciously
This cat could speak – so very strange!
All preconceptions re-arranged

He smiled and simply asked me ‘Who?’
As owls may speak, but seldom do
He waited on my answer yet
With twinkling eyes I won’t forget

‘Who what?’ I asked as my reply
With this he simply answered ‘Why?”
He curled his tail and sniffed the air
Pretending that I wasn’t there

‘Who are you, or rather why?’
He offered finally, by and by
His eyes affixed me like a trance
Chimera lost in circumstance

‘And I may ask the same of you’
I answered tartly, as I do
‘A cat that speaks atop a tree
Makes scarcely less good sense than me!”

‘Who and why and when perchance?’
He answered, merry in his dance
‘And will you answer, if not why?’
His manner silky, ever sly

‘I do not understand your quest’
I answered, ‘Let the matter rest’
‘But say I were you and you were me’
He offered next elliptically

‘If that was so’ he finally said
‘I know I’d answer you instead’
But what he asked made little sense
This cat here played at my expense

‘I’m not your mouse’ was all I’d say
And quickly bid this cat good-day
And as I wandered into blue
He purred and quietly whispered ‘Who?”

(c) Helen Valentina 2014, All Rights Reserved

For mindlovemisery’s prompt at:


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I'm drawn to blogging as a way to share ideas and consider what makes us who we are. Whether it's in our working life or our creativity, expression is a means to connect.
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28 Responses to Curious Cat – for Prompt 51 – Complete Bafflement

  1. This is absolutely fabulously fantastical it is like Alice and the Wonderland written by Dr. Seuss! Love it =)

  2. A witty and entertaining write.

  3. Yes, I saw the Cheshire Cat too. Interesting dialogue and complete bafflement!

  4. Great Helen, loved it, you captured complete bafflement so very neatly. Well done.

  5. Sarah Elizabeth Lane says:

    Superb and lovely!

  6. This was so delicious and entertaining. A lovely poem and fun to read aloud! 🙂

  7. Lisa says:

    I love This! It made me smile and smile and Smile!

  8. Fantastic!!!!! Cheshire Cat-esque….with a hint of that smokin’ caterpillar, too!! 🙂 Helen!! You are not appearing in my mail or reader….I popped over from Roxi’s blog. Sigh….do not want to miss anything. Will have to add and follow you again. Maybe that will work. Hugs!!!

  9. Mike says:

    Great concept, narrative and humour Helen; dialogue it not an easy device to weave into poetry but you have done so with confidence and excellence. Kudos.

  10. ioniamartin says:

    Love this, so much fun!

  11. bwcarey says:

    interesting, cats are so wise, hope to read more of your stuff, fine work

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