I’m not a Cat Person

What makes one
a cat person I wonder.
The felines or people,
who would know better?
How is she distinguished
one human from another?
No outward markers signify,
“Come hither feline
it’s fine
I’m a cat lover.”

In my case, I’m more inclined
to pause for a canine
though I’m just not
an animal person.

And it apparently
doesn’t work on the animals
to proclaim your position.
I tried stating aloud to one
“I don’t think cats are fun.”

The cat hunched her back
seeming to fit all her body
against one of my legs
as if she didn’t follow my message.

Then she purred her forgiveness
for my misstatement.
To her it was obvious,
I just didn’t yet know
the fullness of my own
cat connection.

Despite her seeming to know this
and the way I just don’t get it
I’ll trust my disposition and allergies
and continue to keep my distance.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

This poem is for the napowrimo prompt #18, meow! Visit the post to see the details of this prompt.

About Shari Smothers

Welcome to Telling Stories, my creative writing space. My name is Shari Smothers. Poems help me to understand the world and to explain my world to others. They're my premier story telling tools. There's more to come, so please share with me through reading, commenting, emailing. Learn more about Shari here. And do come again!

18 thoughts on “I’m not a Cat Person

  1. Irene:

    Thanks for saying so. And you're exactly right. While I can't appreciate them close up–I'm a great fan from afar.

    Shari

  2. I was nodding my head all through this poem, because this is exactly how I feel!

    ~Erin (not a cat person either)

  3. Thanks, Pamela. It really is too bad. Animals are a delight to watch. But, my allergies are insistent.

    Shari

  4. Hi Erin:

    Thanks for visiting and sharing your response. I hope I didn't stir up too many congested memories–I had a few flashbacks as I worked on this poem.

    Shari

  5. I really dug this, and I love the tone. As a cat person, I think you really captured the spirit of cats spot on. You've definitely raised a good question with your first lines, btw – I've never wondered what makes a person a cat person! Hmm.

  6. I'm glad you liked it. I think mine is a question that an outsider, (non-cat person), would ask. You know, like when people who don't write poetry wonder how you do that. Anyway, thank you for visiting and sharing your response.

    Shari

  7. Hi Dan:

    I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for visiting and sharing your response.

    Shari

  8. You know, Pamela, I did start to feel brave about it, after reading so many poems from cat people. I think I really am outnumbered.

    Shari

  9. I'm glad you liked it. I think mine is a question that an outsider, (non-cat person), would ask. You know, like when people who don't write poetry wonder how you do that. Anyway, thank you for visiting and sharing your response.

    Shari

  10. Hi Dan:

    I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for visiting and sharing your response.

    Shari

  11. You know, Pamela, I did start to feel brave about it, after reading so many poems from cat people. I think I really am outnumbered.

    Shari

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