Concrete Cat Steps

Day Four: Animal/Concrete Poetry/Enjambment

Here we go!

Plunging to

the meat of this poem.

Substance and thought,

stepping on the stairs of prose.

Trying not to trip and falter on

a verse or from a cat underfoot. Gibbs!

The turn of your haunches wrangle me.

Has your plan to defeat your human taken shape?

A fall down the concrete steps by the human mom

would certainly aid and abet your furry attempt to take over

the world…but you have not pondered the one consequence.

Who would feed you, Dear Gibbs, when human mom lays motionless

at the bottom of the stairs and the feline dinner bowl bears no kibble?

Go, dear gray one, and take a nap or lay in the window or scratch on the door jamb

as you usually do at 4:00 a.m., when the Queen begs for your food as if a poor goat

Calm yourself Iago, patience Padawan, you shall not send your human sprawling this very day

Instead, you shall sleep and eat and play…for you are cat and we are at the bottom of the steps.


(Thank you, dear readers, for allowing me to indulge in poetic posts this week. I have enjoyed forging into new territory and learning a thing or two about poetry. I hope you have enjoyed as well. Stay tuned! Regular programming will eventually resume and the weekend bodes well for a break from the black beret.)

13 responses to Concrete Cat Steps

  1. jennis5309 says:

    I really enjoyed this one! The tone works well with the imagery, and I think the format suggests playfulness, so it definitely added to the experience for me!

  2. Sam Rappaz says:

    Effective by omission. Remarkable!
    I loved the enjambment on,
    “Go, dear gray one, and take a nap or lay in the window or scratch on the door jamb”
    Ha! So clever 🙂 Thank you for making my evening much better than when I started reading this.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      You are so kind, Sam! My gray one DOES pound on the door jamb (he hates closed doors), so that part was easy to fit in as sort of a pun on enjambment. Have a good evening and see you around tomorrow.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Never. It’s always instant gratification or trying to assert their dominance. What’s up (or down) with that?

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