“Cats and Boxes”; “Playground”

Cats and Boxes

Muezza, favoured cat
of the Prophet,
ended her tale thus
on the one thousand
and second night:
“O cats who came from
the Libyan Desert
and conquered Egypt
and the known
world with fur and claw,
heed then this tale
of the flying box
which like the carpet
is carried by djinn
directly to Mecca;
I enjoin you to try all boxes
and sit within.”

Julian O’Dea



The children go inside
vacate the playground
and leave the light
to play alone
glancing and beaming
as a truant wind scrapes
a dry leaf along the ground
like a small boy grazing
his knee.

Julian O’Dea

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Julian O'Dea on June 6, 2021 at 6:39 am

  2. Posted by fuzziewuzziebear on June 6, 2021 at 10:18 am

    I do find it hard to see this bunch getting along. They do compete for food. Maybe the seals think they don’t eat too much and are fun to watch?


  3. Posted by fuzziewuzziebear on June 9, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    This was too much to not link. I think they love their pet humans.


  4. Posted by fuzziewuzziebear on June 27, 2021 at 4:55 am

    I can see why you might go to a different venue. The people who put you on their blogroll are mostly gone now. If you go to a cooperative that will promote poetry, we’ll all understand. I do miss the people that put you on their blogroll. Keoni Galt may be the last of them.
    Dog and cat video.


    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on July 4, 2021 at 6:53 am

      I don’t think I will stop blogging on this platform. It’s been stable and allows freedom of expression. Also, I still get a reasonable number of visitors to old posts.

      Posting is not as easy for me as it was once, for technical reasons. However I intend to put more controversial material up here, such as my latest poem.

      The world has moved on from the good old days of the Manosphere. I now read and comment on Facebook, Reddit, and even YouTube.


      • Posted by fuzziewuzziebear on July 4, 2021 at 8:06 am

        I miss the old blogs. What is gone is the hope that men and women would come to an accommodation. I don’t think that will happen now. In the meanwhile, I can dream of French brunettes.

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