Friday, November 14, 2014

Saga of Satchel


Words for Wednesday
  Is a writing prompt that can be found at


    Under the Porchlight

     I’m a little late, but how could I resist this week’s words, containing as they do the name of a favorite cat?

Minute, aggrieved, instantaneous, burlap, satchel, purloined

(The true story of Satchel the cat.)

Empty laps, absent purrs had left us aggrieved
How could we solve this, could it ever be relieved?

It had been many months without creatures hirsute
And the places cats filled in our hearts not minute.

To the shelter we sallied, the hall filled with mews
To a cage in the corner, a source that would soothe.

In a nest of brown burlap, dark face and bright eyes.
Bond instantaneous, to my arms he did fly.

My heart was purloined as I held him that day
His bunkmate came with him, couldn’t leave him to stay.

For Satchel and Sidney, fresh air and soft laps
For us, years of contentment, just call us cat saps.


  1. So lovely....I'm a cat sap too.

  2. Wow, great rhythm in working these words into the flow of each line!

  3. Nicely done. Our current old cat is the remnant of a pair. My sister brought home the short hair from behind the "Free Kittens" sign and it cried so for twelve straight hours I went back at 8 am for a sibling--the long hair. My sister just didn't want a long hair to deal with, but he's the one who has survived these fourteen years.

    1. We have pretty much always acquired our cats in pairs.
      The first time we thought we were only adopting one cat till a neighbor showed up with a second. The rest is history.

  4. Oh, I love the poem. Sweet Satchel. I didn't know about Sidney.

    1. Yes, Sidney was a sweetie, too. We had him for 16 years. Unfortunately, he didn't listen as well as Satchel and failed to come in one night.

  5. This is beautiful. I only brought home one neglected kitty, I just couldn't afford to bring his siblings. I wish I could have.


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