Friday, November 19, 2010

Poetry Friday with Kashi

The hostess with the mostest.
Happy Poetry Friday to all my human friends!

Kashi here, delighted to be your hostess again. I said to Toby the other day, look, Poetry Friday will be here before you know it. Don't you think it's time you started thinking about your blog?

And do you know what she did? She whined. She groaned. She told me she was too busy working on revisions to her novel, Death Over Easy, and she couldn't possibly stop to think about Poetry Friday.

I offered my services. You don't mind, do you?

Ever since I got my start in show biz over at Jama's, I've been practicing in front of a mirror. Now I'm friends with the camera. As you can see.

I pried open the top drawer of Toby's file cabinet with my paw and found a poem that's near and dear to my heart. I hope you like it. If so, be advised that I accept any or all of the following in return:

1. A scritch under the right side of the chin.
2. A scratch under the left side of the chin.
3. A scrootch on the tummy.
4. A few Whisker Lickin's Tender Moments, salmon flavor.
5. A nice piece of wrapping paper to sit on.

Pawtographs will be given out after the poetry. Please form a line. Thank you.

This week's roundup of purretry is hosted by Diane at Random Noodling. Thanks, Diane!

We had a kettle; we let it leak:
Our not repairing made it worse.
We haven't had any tea for a week...
The bottom is out of the Universe.
      - Rudyard Kipling


Sally Thomas said...

What a gorgeous cat! I'm very partial to the black-and-white tuxedo kitty.

And a fun poem, too. I like the way it trips from rhyme to rhyme.

jama said...

*thunderous applause*

Kashi, I love you! You are the BEST PF host! You picked out the purrfect poem, too. Is it difficult to live with such a talented poet?

Here's a bunch of scritches, scratches and scrootches, but I can only spare two of my Lickin's Tender Moments -- salmon is my favorite :).

P.S. There's such a long line for pawtographs -- can you speed it up a little?

Clara Gillow Clark said...

Kashi, I love you! Hey, stop pushing back there, I was in line first for my pawtograph.

Love you poem, Toby. How do you come up with such whimsical fare?

Kerry Aradhya said...

Hi, Toby. Thanks for stopping by my blog. That's great that you come from a dancing family! I don't know what I would do without dance in my life.

Thanks for sharing "Wondering" today. The part about a window seat made me envision a cat cuddled up in a window seat with the sun shining in. I know that would make me purr.

I was at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in DC the other day, and I saw a shirt that said "Cats and Books" on the front, and there was a picture of a cat sitting on some books. (I think I'm remembering that right.) Have you seen a shirt like that before? It seems like it would be just perfect for you :)

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Purring - a good thing to contemplate and wonder about. I am partial to the sunny windows myself, but scritches do it too. Thanks for passing the purrs on!

Toby Speed said...

Thank you for your kind words, Sally! I like what you said about it tripping from rhyme to rhyme. Never thought of it that way.

Toby Speed said...

From Kashi to Jama: We are doing the best we can. Some folks are adding on the value-pack of 27 wallet photos and a subscription to Pawprint. So, patience, please!

(From Toby: thanks for the scritches, scratches, and warm words!)

Toby Speed said...

Clara, did you make it through the line okay? It seems to be stretching around the corner now. Maybe we need to provide lunch-and-bird-watching for those still waiting!

Toby Speed said...

Hi Kerry,
A cats-and-books tote would appeal to me!
I love the way you've woven your interests together in your blog. I'd be interested to learn about the parallels you find between dancing and writing. I've had some training - strictly for fun - in a number of kinds of dance way back. Took a flamenco class a few years ago, and enjoy swing. My mom and dad were folk dancers (my mom still enjoys it at 83).
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Toby Speed said...

Sunny windows and scritches to you today, Andromeda!

Tabatha said...

Wrapping paper is popular with my dog. One of my cats likes to walk across board games -- in fact, if you are wondering where she is, just get out a board game and she will turn up!

I have wondered what it would be like if people purred, how that would change things. Maybe there's a poem in there somewhere!

Toby Speed said...

You know what, Tabatha. That would make an excellent picture book (for you to write) -- the story of the cat who can't or won't be found until a child has a good idea: get out a board game.

Joyce Ray said...

This Cats and Books comment thread reminds me of a picture book I started about our Tigger who always appeared at bedtime story time. I love your poem which, since we are feline deprived at the moment, makes me yearn for the sound of purring once again!

Blythe Woolston said...

I enjoy the little lines that evoke, to me, the in and out of purring. And I concur: What a pretty cat.

Toby Speed said...

Joyce, thank you for stopping by and commenting! I like your picture book idea and hope to read it someday.

Toby Speed said...

Now, that's an interesting observation, Blythe. I can never do line breaks except by feel, and you're right, there is an in and out here. Thanks from me (and from Kashi).

Kerry Aradhya said...

Hi, again. It's funny you should ask about the parallels between writing and dance. I've discovered quite a few people recently who are
dancers and writers and am planning to one day do a post (or lots of posts) about these people and the parallels.

By the way, I found the t-shirt I was talking about on amazon. And they have a tote!

Happy Poetry Friday!

Toby Speed said...

Kerry, I realized my typo right after I put up my comment -- I was thinking "shirt" and I typed "tote," but they don't let you edit!

That is so cute, and I might have to spring for one. :)

When my kids were little I used to read them books by Rachel Isadora. Are you familiar with her work? She wrote and illustrated some beautiful, simple books for toddlers: "I See" and "I Hear" were two we loved.

Kerry Aradhya said...

Hi, again. I have heard of Rachel Isadora, but I am not familiar with her work...yet. I will definitely look into it. Thanks for mentioning her!

laurasalas said...

Kashi, you are a fabulous host and destined for stardom. I'm teleporting(?) you some wonderful turkey-themed wrapping paper right now.

And, Toby. Toby! This poem is fantastic. My favorite lines are the ones about being folded up and the window seat. Wonderful poem. Have you submitted it anywhere?

P.S. I have your leaf book on hand, finally, to read.

Toby Speed said...

Laura, your words made my day! And I needed them today, a day in which I have been losing important things -- my new eyeglasses, and then my Bluetooth device, which I KNOW I put in my purse....agh. And all before 8:30 a.m.

I haven't submitted any of my poems anywhere yet. I keep hoping a few will be right for someone's anthology. Maybe I should try magazines. Not sure which way to go with this yet.