SoCS from the Pod: The Word

Hey Gibbs?

Hang on a minute. Finishing up some business in the sandbox.

I hope you’re not leaving a stinker again.


Make sure you cover.

Why? I like the smell of me.

Yeah, but mom doesn’t. Be considerate for a change.

Whatever. Okay, I’m done. What do you want?

What are we supposed to be writing for mom today? I think it has to do with a stream of something and a word.

I did that in the box. Made a stream.

Not that kind of stream, Gibbs. This has to do with writing, not peeing.

Oh, well then I don’t know.

Some help you are.

Did you look at mom’s blog? It has to be there somewhere.

Yes, I looked, but I don’t know what I’m supposed to be looking for other than a stream.

There’s one in the shower.

Okay Mr. Drain-oh.

I don’t know what to tell you, Ziva. I’d say wake mom up and ask her, but she needs her sleep.

Really? When did you become concerned with anyone’s sleep but your own?

Well, normally I’m not.

I thought so.

I heard mom say to the other human in the house that today has been one year since her mom went to heaven.


Yeah, so I’m trying to be considerate.

It’s not smelling considerate in here.

Geez, Ziva, you know what I mean. I almost felt bad waking her up this morning for kibble. I’m glad she was able to go back to sleep.

Yeah, I’d be sleeping too except that I told her I would write something for this stream thing. I guess I should have asked more questions.

You can try to fake it.

How do I do that?

Write a story about anything and every so often, leave a blank. When mom wakes up and has your attention, you can ask her about the stream and the word. Then fill in the blank with the word and you’re done.

Okay, but what if the blank is a noun and the word is a verb?


Noun and verb. They are parts of human speech, dum-dum.

What’s a dum-dum?

A noun that describes gray male cats who don’t have a clue.


So, to get back to the subject…

Hey, wait a minute, who doesn’t have a clue here?

Listen, Gibbs, I need to get this done and you are no help at all.

You’re welcome.


Write a poem.


A poem. Mom writes poetry, but it never makes any sense to me. Weird stuff. If you write a poem and insert the stream word, no one will care because they will not expect it to make sense.

Gibbs, you are brilliant!

Yeah, so who’s a dum-dum now?

I take it back.

Okay, sister, get busy and write. If you get stuck, I’ll be right here, cuddling up next to mom.

Poetic Paws (by Ziva)

The word for today is cheek

It flows across a sandpaper tongue

in a language I should not know


This word, cheek , surprises

It could be a verb or preposition

or perhaps it sits in a kibble bowl


It’s part of a stream from who-knows-where

I don’t really care

Poetry is hard

Cheek can take a flying leap

I need to lay down and sleep.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is the brainchild of author Linda G. Hill. Every Friday, Linda provides her followers with an inspiring blogger’s prompt. It can be a word or words and sometimes bonus points are involved (my favorite). Linda asks us to write without editing, other than correcting spelling errors.

Just go with the flow.

Like a babbling brook or rain drops. Click HERE if this type of writing floats your boat or helps with your decision-making. Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “cheek.” Use it as a noun or verb. Have fun!

29 responses to SoCS from the Pod: The Word

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Ha ha – “cheek can take a leap.” Ziva expressed all of catdom with that one. I hope you enjoyed a few extra minutes in warm comfort.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Yes, I enjoyed a few extra minutes, Dan. Not sleeping, but contemplating the meaning of life under a warm comforter. Meanwhile, the kids are both snoozing away.

  2. dweezer19 says:

    Hugs Mary. A year already? I fear time is indeed speeding up. Thanks for the cuteness this morning. Gibbs and Ziva are treasures.

  3. JoAnna says:

    This was brilliantly and subtly hilarious. I have a feeling your mom is getting a chuckle from it. Sending hugs.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thank you, JoAnna! Mom was never a cat person, but I hope she appreciates my sense of humor. On the other hand, dad grew up with cats, so I’m sure he “gets” me and the kids.

  4. marianallen says:

    Hugs and more hugs. Been two years for my mom, and I still miss her ever day. That’s a measure of how much love was between us and our loved ones, so it’s sad but sweet, yes? Glad you have the furkids to TCB for you when you need contemplation. ❤

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Yes, sad but sweet, Marian. Hugs back to you!
      I’ll be contemplating with a friend today, over lunch and a beer or two. 🙂

  5. This is terrific, Mary J. It’s fun, and somehow liberating, to write from an animal’s point of view. I enjoyed this morning visit with Gibbs and Ziva. Hugs from me and a purr from Crystal. Happy Caturday.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Happy Caturday, Teagan, and thank you for your positive comments. I always hope when I write from a cat’s point of view, that there is some teeny tiny bit of truth to it. Hugs and purrs from the furry kids and I.

  6. Laura says:

    Gibbs and Ziva are great guest writers. Hope you enjoy more snuggle time today. Fur babies are the best comfort!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The kids love filling in, but it’s hard work for them…all that typing without opposable thumbs wears them out. 😼

  7. J-Dub says:

    Nice post with brother and sister kitties being typical siblings. The dum-dim lines had me laughing out loud. Anniversaries are hard sometimes. The first one particularly so. Hope the memories are sweet and bring some smiles today too..

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I am smiling today. An afternoon with a friend and flight of beer makes it all good.

      Gibbs and Ziva appreciate your laughs!

  8. Herman says:

    Great post, Mary. Thank goodness your furry friends make us all feel better with their wisdom…

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