the math of cats

cats have a geometry
difficult to capture
in lines that soften & go fluid
tapering to sharp angles

perhaps it is best
to express motion in points
on a graph
as they calculate
the precise distance
from sill to piano top

predict the length of skid
across sheet music
& how much loose music
will sigh to the floor
in falling chords

as a new trajectory
from piano top
to doorframe
is executed

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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16 Responses to the math of cats

  1. davidtrudel says:

    Cats have the geometry of music
    Like Bach, only less calculating
    Or maybe not
    When you watch them deliberating

    • Susan L Daniels says:

      That is true–my Siamese just inspired this! I swear I could see his mental gears turning as he planned his next move. However, i would call this particular cat more of an anarchist, like Glass.

  2. mimijk says:

    It’s the movement to their own music that both mystifies me and leaves me a little unprepared every time they feel the rhythm that I can’t seem to hear!

  3. Green Speck says:

    Cats are really interesting beings !!!

  4. Yes, mine follows a similar same trajectory – floor to piano keys (or key lid if it’s down) to television table to window sill. I love the feline music she plays as she plucks along.

  5. Leo says:

    The first stanza describes them purrfectly. Our cat, TC, who has always (12 years) been an outside wild-child, has lately taken to sitting on the window ledge looking in at me at the computer; perhaps, she is reconsidering her wandering youth.

  6. BroadBlogs says:

    As a cat lover I can really appreciate this!

  7. nelle says:

    roflmao! For anyone who ever had a puddytat. We usually had two, and yes. Unfortunately, with a big huge skylight right over our bed, too often I was in their calculus.

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