Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the twenty-seventh poem in this series. This week’s piece is by poet, short story author, scriptwriter and lyricist Ken Temple.
Must be painstakingly hygienic,
An optimist and not a cynic.
Not nag me when I come in late,
Or go wassailing with my mates.
You must love to hunt and bring back home,
The entire rodent, not just bare bones,
So I can take the lion’s share,
Then purr to show how much I care.
As for my part, I’m quite a catch,
I’ve got cream fur and eyes to match.
I will be frank and straight with you,
Tell you what you need to know and do.
I promise I will never shave,
Or become a sourpuss in my old days –
I will start off grumpy and be consistent,
That way you won’t even know the difference!
I bet you’re wishing right about now,
That you were a comely kitty gal!
If you are she, feel free to write –
Interviews will be throughout March. At night.
That was funny, thank you Ken.
Ken is a keen martial artist, pupil of the old-Japanese culture, avid chess / shogi player, video game and movie junkie and a rabid, foaming-at-the-mouth zealot of German-made cars. He also loves comics and good music, but then, he says, who doesn’t?
If you’d like to submit your poem (40 lines max) for consideration for Post-weekend Poetry take a look here.
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