Moriarty Thinks

Moriarty Thinks

I’d rather watch the little morsels
dart over last night’s dusting of snow
outside my sunny window seat
turning up twigs and brittle leaves
than come when you call.

My affection is not for sale.
My spirit remains undomesticated.
This world is mine but you can live
in it, especially when you operate
the can opener.

From last week’s Living Poetry Prompt.

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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17 Responses to Moriarty Thinks

  1. Lisa Tomey says:

    A purrfect arrangement!

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  2. I’m primarily a dog lover, but cats have always intrigued me too.
    I love this poem, it is pussy cat perfection!

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    • Thanks. I speak both dog and cat fairly well and appreciate them both but their respective poetries are very different.

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      • Hmm, that is an interesting point to think further on. I’m at the beginning stages of writing a book in a series I began years ago, with a Dog as the main character. After two more books with the same dog/character, I am going to add a cat into the series, when the owner of the dog moves into the home of owner of the cat. Both of these characters will be written in first person POV.
        Can you offer any thoughts, things to watch out about? A Writer friend of mine will be writing the cat pieces.

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      • I think it’s great that you’ll have a whole different writer for the cat bits. My poem above is rather stereotypical in how humans view cats. Like people, each dog and each cat is an individual and there is plenty of variation in all three species.

        I’ve met cats that really loved humans, like the stereotypical dog. I’ve met dogs that couldn’t care less about humans, like the stereotypical cat.

        As well any novel or story, make your character memorable by having the character be unique in some way. It doesn’t matter the species.


      • A fine reply, my fellow writer on this knows cats well, and has lived with a dog too. I have cats at my come to my place, outside sometimes, but they’re not welcome visitors, and our dog Missy would see them off if she had the chance to.
        But I have lived with cats, in my earlier years, one tom cat when I was a pre teen and older, then another when my husband and I met, he had a cat and a dog who got on well, often curled up asleep together.

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      • Then you’ll be fine. Good writing!

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  3. JeanMarie says:

    Thanks for the chuckle. It’s good to see Moriarity again in your blog. I hope he continues to write poetry!

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  4. Haha. That can describe many people as well.

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  5. I love Moriarity, he looks very imperial. Of course, I admit to being a crazy cat lady with my 2 black & white (Tuxedo) rescue cats, Rio and Miss Molly. โค๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆฐ๐Ÿงก๐ŸฆŠ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ

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