Friday, January 30, 2015

Poetry Friday: Cats Sleep Anywhere

I posted back in October that we got a cat.  We have very limited experience with cats, so we have been figuring out Pangur Ban as we've gone along, from the way she would hide at first so that we thought she had run away to her weird behavior lately that sent us to Google to figure out - oh, in heat already?

This poem, "Cats Sleep Anywhere,"  is one of the first ones my now senior in high school daughter memorized, not because anyone asked her to, but because, sitting in her grandmother's lap, she heard something she loved, and wanted to repeat, and own forever.  I have to confess that I rarely see our cat sleep.  Mostly I see her climbing and stalking and scampering and jumping.  I take blurry photos of her moving, and only occasionally catch her sitting still, let alone sleeping.

But apparently, cats sleep anywhere.  I wish I had a recording of my daughter, at three or even younger, saying in her high, sweet voice, "ANYwhere!  THEY don't care!"

Cats Sleep Anywhere

Cats sleep anywhere, any table, any chair.
Top of piano, window-ledge, in the middle, on the edge.
Open drawer, empty shoe, anybody's lap will do.
Fitted in a cardboard box, in the cupboard with your frocks.
Anywhere! They don't care! Cats sleep anywhere.

Eleanor Farjeon

What poems have you memorized, just because you wanted to keep them forever?

Here's today's Poetry Friday roundup.


jama said...

What a cute poem and sweet cat! Wish I could pet her right now. :)

Tabatha said...

Charming! I can see why you wish you had a recording of your daughter reciting it. Our cat will sleep in the cupboard with the towels, in a box, and anybody's lap will do, but our last dog would find the most uncomfortable places and sleep there, like on the spokes of a bicycle. ?

Christine said...

Something Big Has Been Here by Jack Prelutsky. He's not the first children's poet laureate for nothing. :)

Karin Fisher-Golton said...

I love that first your daughter had the poem, and now she's experiencing the reality of it.

I love animals, but am allergic to cats. I always think that if it weren't for allergies I'd know a lot more about cats. So I'm glad to learn this bit about cats and in a poetic way.

Tara said...

Pangur Ban! That's an inspired choice for a name - and your little fellow looks as though he is more than capable of living up to that name!

Joyce Ray said...

What very large ears Pangur Ban has! Our cat prefers one sleeping space - on my husband's side of the bed, even when said husband is not in it! Thanks for this sweet poem.

Doraine said...

My daughters keep telling me I need a dog, but I haven't made the jump to pet person yet. I admire yours to get the cat. It's a cute one. And I do love this poem.

GatheringBooks said...

I love how there is so much cat-love this week. My husband's family has always had cats ever since he was a child. :) So he could definitely relate with this.