Along with being one of the lucky humans allowed to confer every possible creature comfort upon Princess the cat, above, Juleigh Howard-Hobson has won the prestigious Australian ANZAC Day Award for poetry and been a finalist for the 2006 Morton Marr Poetry Award.
Her work has recently appeared in Lucid Rhythms
, The Barefoot Muse
, Mezzo Cammin
, The Raintown Review
and Strong Verse
She lives in the inspiring grey of the Pacific Northwest with her family . . . and Princess.
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Comprising 10 Points To Live By For All Aspiring House Cats
Cat food: shun cheap stuff, starve if you will;
Don’t eat it, don’t sniff it, treat it as swill.
Sitting: seek black clothes, if you are white;
Sit on white clothing, if black as the night.
Houseplants: eat them, one leaf at a time;
Hack up the chewed bits as green tinted slime.
Inside/Outside: go outside/come in.
If they ignore you, stick claws in a shin.
Beds: lie on pillows, never on feet,
Cats need their comfort when falling asleep.
Co-pets: remember, it’s gleefully wrong,
When folks are watching, to not get along.
Fussing and fighting and spraying spray
Mean trips to vets and things taken away.
Litter boxes: accept and use those;
While not neglecting spots “under the rose.”
Flea and tick collars: chew them to bits;
Or act like you’re choking, though they may fit.
TEN—“The Favorite”: it’s the only spot
That we cats should aim for, worthy or not.