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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

THE RELUCTANT FELINE





Another Magpie Tale 
Prompt set by Tess MAG227


Some dude with a cat around 1850s 
Tintype provided by Tess Kincade, Magpie Tales



We sense a coming nightmare; a holocaust.
This cloned nonet recoils in unison. 
All nine predict blood and imminent danger.
All nine stand resolute together, 
unified by razor sharp sixth senses.
All nine know within their souls,
. . . .  this is not a place we want to be.

Nine lives think as one and cannot all be wrong;
for we are unanimous in fear, that rarest of perceptions,
which speaks and warns that something is far amiss. 
A man like you, who cannot face the light,
is dark by nature and is no friend of mine.
I can see it all, etched deep within in your soul; 
. . . . unbridled, abounding cruelty! 

My mind shows an image of self preservation.
My tail is up and my back is arched,
 and I sound a feline warning to you.
Back off - I do not trust your face! 
I do not like you!
You scare me!
 . . . and I cannot stay in this darkness.

All my senses rebel, as if you are anti-matter.
 I panic as I scratch and claw my way to freedom.
I cannot remain with you, for you are pure evil,
and I know if I stayed even a heartbeat in time
. . . . . . you would kill or harm me.

You must remain here alone, 
framed in time and space for eternity.
And in due season I must die, 
one by one with my other lives.

. . . . or fail, and become an everlasting tormented hologram.


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I had to think long and hard about this one to find an idea and a starting point.



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46 comments:

  1. I've read half a dozen variations of this prompt with this same photograph, and yours is by far the most thoughtful, the best.

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    1. Thank you Stephen . . . probalbly only that our minds are more in tune.
      I am looking forward to seeing the others :)

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  2. poor kitty so scared- you captured the feelings and thoughts so very well. Me? I was just my silly self! Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a lovely week.

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    1. Hi Kathe . . . Thanks for the encouraging comment. I liked your as well . . . enjoy your week too . . . :) Eddie

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  3. OH and I meant to say also that your header photo of a tulip tree? magnolia? is exquisite.

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    1. And that you for your kind words about my header - magnolia in my front garden . . . :)

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  4. Wow, I had to read this twice there is a lot in between the lines. That sixth sense will always show you the way..

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    1. Hi Truedessa - thank you for reading it once and thank you for reading it again. 6th sense is useful sometimes and I have told the cat to never get into a picture . . . lol

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  5. Clever take on the element of the nine lives...nice one Eddie...

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  6. I like that you took the cat's point of view... or at least a feline perspective.

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    1. Yes I thought the cat's viewpoint might be interesting . . . thanks Theresa . . . :)

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  7. The cat sure has to scat
    Can't put up with that
    Scratch and claw
    Even a little gnaw
    Use nine lives to get away
    Have a brighter day

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    1. The cat was right
      To put up a fight
      And scratch with all his might
      To give that dood such a fright!!

      lol

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  8. yikes....dying one life at a time....
    cats have a way about them...they know
    when one has an evil spirit...
    that is for sure....

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  9. That was worth the long think! ' Nine lives' gave you a great perspective on the image...

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    1. Thanks Pen . . . glad you liked it . . . :)

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  10. 0oooooh! I love the feliney focus in this write, Eddie. My own moggie would agree with you, too! He's an expert at sussing people out!

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    1. Thanks Helena . . . . cats certainly are intuitive creatures . . :)

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  11. ...not sure I'd want nine lives personally, but great write this!

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    1. Agree - one life is enough but cats are supposed to have 9.
      Thank you V . . . I am greatly encouraged . . . :)

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  12. I bet you'e seen plenty of people who seemed to have nine lives!

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    1. Well I did not work on A&E so I was not at the front end and not nearly qualified to do so, Those guys saw the real action. I was on Patient Transfer but sometimes even that had us on our toes. . . . :)

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  13. Hi Eddie I think you have explored an aspect of the prompt so very well. I tended to ignore the cat, says something about me and cats I think. Enjoyed your take.

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  14. Oh I like the nine lives of kitty woes and your vivid words complete the edges of darkness that completely surround this photo prompt! Bravo.

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    1. Thank you Karen . . . lovely compliment . . . you are too kind :)

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    1. Thanks Marguerite - cats are very intuitive and of course if you were in that picture I would say, "Meow!" and start purring. . . . . lol :)

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  16. Eddie, I'm a cat Peep. So interesting , a cat's perspective on people, and it rings true to me.

    I'd like to write more, but spent this hour listening to Magic Flute. I played in opera orchestra between symphony seasons, so I cannot write while listening to Mozart--I "playing along with the gang--grin! Thanks.

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    1. Thank you Steve
      How interesting about the orchestra - I would really enjoy that if I had the talent. The Magic Flute is my favourite opera and I believe Mozart was the greatest composer. Shame he started 'decomposing' when he died . . . . sorry that pun is really awful. . . . lol
      Seriously imagine what misic he would have produced had he lived until 70 and not just 35. ~ Eddie

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  17. I have cats for pets and I understand this...good one.

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    1. Thank you . . . .enjoyed writing it . . :)

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  18. Brilliant work. I love the nine lives approach. I saw the darkness too but alas, I could not word it well.

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    1. Thank you Gail . . . . and keep writing . . :)

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  19. His crooked grin did not charm the kitty. Good for him and all his life. It is dangerous to love, to like, to be closed to a face wanted face that surrounds itself only by darkness. Without balance, there is death.

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  20. Well, I feel as though I'm running out of lives!

    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

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    1. . . . . Well you are not a cat . . . .
      Eddie x

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  21. This was wonderful. I loved the end, a hologram being most dreadful. Then again, I did just watch the video with Michael Jackson's hologram and it was very scary indeed. I'm afraid it didn't do justice to his musical talent. Loved your take.

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    1. Thank you Donetta . . . . . encouraging words . . . on my way to see your blog . . . Eddie :)

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  22. "This cloned nonet" -- intriguing perspective. Well done!

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    1. Thank you ~T~ .. . .nice to meet you ~ Eddie :)

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