Black and White Whiskered Sonnet

Gray exists in abstract feature and lines

It can never be the lover of true

The dope is blackness and white for the times

Their hearts doth lie with definitive stew

The sisters lay in dual existence

In dark inkiness and the soft of snow

Whiskers twitching in muscle’s common sense

The cautious, darting almond eyes aglow

Twins in no-color shades of ying and yang

Essence of tuxedos in voices raised

Demands of attention is their harangue

The worth of humans constantly appraised

In twists and curls and stretched-out repose

The black and white beauty of paws and nose


This post is the result of encouragement from fellow blogger Dan Antion at No Facilities, to pen a black and white poem following a recent black and white photography challenge. While this sonnet has nothing to do with the photo challenge itself, it does have a lot to do with Dan’s feline masters, MiMi and MuMu, whom he features quite often in his photo galleries. Can you tell the adorable sisters apart? Mimi is on the left of each photo set, while MuMu is on the right.

21 responses to Black and White Whiskered Sonnet

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Very nice work, Mary. It’s a beautiful sonnet. MiMi and MuMu are honored. I’m sorry, MuMu says “appropriately honored.” She added that this is why she needs to be brushed, so that she looks her best at all times. I’ve shared this with their other humans.

    I hope you have a great week.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thank you! Havig been around cats for 40 years and knowing Dan’s two girls through his posts, it was not too hard to capture essence.

  2. Marsha says:

    It is hard to tell them apart. We had black and white twins who came to live with us with their momma when we moved in 19.5 years ago. Momma Kitty died two years ago, and Scardy developed diabetes and we put him down at age 19.5. The other one developed cat leukemia and lived about 7 years. Their noses were a little different. I didn’t know this until Scardy had surgery last January. Outdoor cats with white noses are more susceptible to getting cancer.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Scardy lived a good long life! Sorry about the other one and I did not know either about cats with white noses. That’s very interesting – there’s so much to learn about cats, about their health, their color and personalities.

      • Marsha says:

        I know! Even with Scardy and his family, we didn’t know much. WE got them all fixed and they lived outdoors. When he started getting frail, my husband let him in. When his momma died, I got some more strays from next door. Two of them made it to adulthood and stayed with us. They are now inside cats, so we are learning a lot more. They both have their own personalities, habits, and routines even though they’ve been together since they were about four weeks old. Since that time I fostered two more babies dropped off by their momma in our yard then abandoned. They now have new homes with kids who needed a pet project.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        Awesome, Marsha. Thanks you for fostering and taking care of the fur babies in need of a home.

      • Marsha says:

        It was fun, and for the first time I gave them away, and that was nice, too.

  3. dweezer19 says:

    What a lovely tribute, Mary. And, I think I could tell my twin granddaughters apart more easily than these two!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I think MiMi and MuMu may enjoy their ability to fool the unknowing. It keeps us guessing. πŸ˜ΌπŸ™ƒπŸ˜Ό

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