Hold This Kitten, Would You?

Cat paws so cute.

Hold this kitten, would you,
While I trick you into
Reading poetry.

Whoops! Now you’ve done it,
Got yerself all intellectified
With words in stacks.

Poetry, you decry!
Save me! Not those tangled up knotted
Ideas in shapely stanzas!

Look out! She scratches. Still
Got her claws. They frown on
Hacking off cat digits these days.

Ahhh, kittens. If only life
Were so fluffy! If only life
Stayed so young, and also

so happy to be held.

— Day 4, National Poetry Month

Elizabeth Howard

Elizabeth writes literary non-fiction, haiku, cultural rants, and Demand Poetry in order to forward the cause of beautiful writing. She calls London, Kansas City, and Iowa home. 


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