Looking Catty

He gads about town a sleek tomcat
Stalking the ladies like a madman
Daring all comers to combat
A fighter not a lover we can tell
Only strife and violence he begat
That sorry catamount has no home
Sex a better conversation than love’s chitchat
Feels lust a better dance than love’s cancan
Despising all the comforts due the aristocrat

I love to watch people. Since the pandemic, I haven’t had as may opportunities to indulge. Most people are all about brevity in the places I used to be able to eavesdrop. I suppose that is a good thing but it really puts a crimp in one of my more enjoyable pastimes. That said it was most gratifying to be able to listen in on 2 guys discussing dating. Well, not really dating as I think of dating. They were discussing “hooking up”. Where was I to be able to overhear this conversation? Well I’ll give you a couple clues. I had to get an item that after calling around was only available at a specific family owned mega-store noted for having a less than high class clientele. The employees wear little royal blue vests with yellow trim. In the adds prices are always falling. The males were in the computer area. (As I was searching for the adaptor that Best Buy no longer carries because they are obsolete.) The consensus was that love is overrated and sex without strings attached is the way to go. Of course the one sorry tomcat was advocating one night stands and the other said that affairs with married women were the best because if there was an “accident”, the husband was “on the hook”. Getting a good look at the two of them, I suspicion that this was a completely theoretical discussion since they looked like drowned cats that had been the losers in every catfight they had ever fought. The kicker was when the scragglier one started saying that he had been couch surfing and was running out of places to stay… yikes!

As for the poem, it is a Magic 9. This 9-line poem doesn’t have any rules as far as meter or subject matter. The only requirements are a nine line stanza with a rhyme scheme of abacadaba (which is how my grandmother would chant the “magic words” abracadabra).

65 thoughts on “Looking Catty

    1. Thanks Carrie. It was a surreal experience. But I suppose that they either didn’t care if they were overheard or didn’t realize that they were talking so loud! (I’ve noticed that people are starting to compensate for the masks by speaking at a greater volume!)

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  1. I miss that, too, those little snatches of overhead conversation. Loved the poem and the Magic 9 form, also your grandma’s mispronunciation of abracadabra. She probably wondered for years why her spells didn’t work. 🙂

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    1. Hehe!! Oh Joan! My grandmother rarely worked any spells that required words… But put her in the kitchen and she could make magic with her homemade egg noodles and her wonderful fried chicken!! There are so few opportunities to hear those kind of unguarded conversations that when I get the opportunity I take full advantage. (I might have stood there pondering my selection a little longer than was necessary)

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  2. You did a nice job relating poem to eavesdropping story. I hope the pandemic is waning by summer so we can all go back to being social and overhearing interesting conversations.

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      1. There are all kinds of people is my conclusion. The average person would be suprised by the amount of families out there on the road. A lot of truckers with toddlers or older kids with their spouses.

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            1. I’m not so sure – it is hard to keep kids satisfied if they can’t run around and have activities other than on a tablet… I think it would drive me crazy. (Are we there yet??)

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    1. Thanks Kim! I’m a fan of words and that is one that I don’t get to trot out very often. I’m thinking that April will need to have a Magic 9 in the NPM Scavenger Hunt… BTW was everything intact in your package??

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      1. Yes, indeed, re the Magic 9. 🙂 Busy day, here, so rather than email, YES, it actually arrived (on time) and loved all of it; thank you!!! I see all the detail work on the orb; wow. ‘Tis wonderful.

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  3. Hah…i was laughing after reading this..as i can totally relate…most of my poems too are/were written out of me eavesdropping..lol…but with the pandemic…i cant have my unlimited evesdroppinh 😊

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    1. Hehe! Michelle! I knew you were a people watcher! We are a fascinating species full of quirks and drama over the smallest things. I hope you can resume your eavesdropping sooner rather than later. Glad you got a laugh! I was waffling between laughter, disgust, and pity…

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  4. Wow! Great post, Val! You also hear those kinds of convos when you’re working in factories too. I did back when I was young and most of the “tomcats” who engaged in those talks didn’t have many redeeming qualities that women looked for- hence you were spot on with the part about them looking like drowned cats (LOLOL). Me thinks that their attitudes stim from being blown off in a bar too many times. They couldn’t achieve a meaningful relationship so now they dump all over it, settle for cheap one night stands and act like it’s way better than being committed. Thing is, are they trying to convince us or themselves?

    Loved this post! It made me LOL!😂🤣

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    1. I’m absolutely thrilled that you got a good laugh out of this one!! I’m happy to know that my assumptions were probably not far off the mark. I think if they had cleaned up their outer appearance they might have been able to meet someone. Of course as soon as they opened their mouths and made known their opinions on relationships there would probably be a mighty wind and a puff of smoke as the women disappeared – in an instant!!

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      1. Lololol! You know it! I sure would’ve been gone! And yes, sadly, some guys don’t get that their outer appearances do count. Yes, personality should be most important, but that’s not the world we live in. You won’t even get your foot in the door if you don’t look neat and clean.

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            1. Hehe! I knew what you meant! I’m glad I’m not the only one who fat fingers keys and misspells words and of course uses the wrong word (an internal autocorrect that isn’t any better than the phone)!

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