Finley herds cats. At least, she thinks she does.
She spots them with an eager eagle eye,
then herds them, Murdoch, Logan, and Jenkins.
Murdoch sleeps on top of the cabinet.
“Come down,” Finley shrieks. Logan seems to sleep
beneath the settee. “Come out,” Finley pleads.
Jenkins catalogues himself between books.
Finley can’t find him. She climbs on a stool.
Murdoch opens a round grey eye, checks the
distance between them, and goes back to sleep.
Finley gets down from the stool and searches
for Logan and Jenkins. They have disappeared.
Commentary: Finley loves cats and misses the three she has left behind her in Ottawa. She wants to cuddle Princess Squiffy but Princess Squiffy aka Vomit does not like noisy little girls who pursue her shrieking loudly. Result: we have hardly seen PS for nearly a week. She hides throughout the day in those mysterious priest-holes known only to catholics and cats, and waits for nightfall and an almost quiet house. Soft and silent, she emerges from the shadows where she has been hiding to sleep at the foot of the bed.
PS doesn’t love me either, but she has become so needy of quiet, respectful human contact that she has started to tolerate me, just a little bit. She raises her ears instead of flattening them and plumes out her tail, just to encourage me. Now she permits me to touch her gently and scratch her in her favorite spots, behind the ears and at the root of the tail. I look on this as a great favor … but I still think she scorns me completely, showering me with total disdain most of the time.
“Moo,” Finley asks me. “Do you have a pussy cat?”
“Where is she?”
“I don’t know.”
“Is she hiding?”
“Can I see her?”
“If you can find her …”
And the great cat hunt begins: upstairs, downstairs, in my lady’s chamber. Goose steps everywhere, but there is no sign of the cat.
“Are you sure you’ve got a cat?”
“Yes, Finley. I’m sure.”
“I want to play with her.”
“I’m sure she’ll come out and play with you one day soon.”
“I don’t think you’ve got a cat, Moo.”
Seeing is believing / ver es creer. Whether seeing is believing, or not, what we don’t want to see is A’r gath wedi sgrapo Finley bach / the cat has scratched little Finley. Oh the joys of learning Welsh, especially as the day drags on, the cat cannot be found, and Mae’r baban yn y crud yn crio / the baby in the cradle is crying and tears of sadness blend slowly into snores, as the cat creeps up from her hiding place in the basement, pushes open the door, mews for her last food, and cuddles up beside me on the chair beside which I type.
Here is a link to Sosban Fach sung Welsh by Cerys Matthews. Turn your sound on and up and enjoy!
2 thoughts on “Herding Cats”
Cerys sings beautifully. Where did the Welsh language come from? Chuck
On Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 2:38 a.m. rogermoorepoet, wrote:
> rogermoorepoet posted: ” Herding Cats Finley herds cats. At least, she > thinks she does. She spots them with an eager eagle eye, then herds them, > Murdoch, Logan, and Jenkins. Murdoch sleeps on top of the cabinet. “Come > down,” Finley shrieks. Logan seems to sleep beneath the sette” >
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Thanks for commenting, Chuck. Believe it or not, but the Welsh Language comes from Wales! Actually, it is closely related to Brythonic, the Celtic language spoken in Great Britain, also known as P-Celtic, the island version. Q-Celtic is the mainland, continental version, going back to the Bronze Age, probably, in Britain. The history of Welsh as a separate language spans over 1400 years, encompassing the stages of the language known as Primitive Welsh, Old Welsh, Middle Welsh, and Modern Welsh. Welsh is also close to Cornish and Breton, from Brittany, in France; hence Petite Bretagne and Grande Bretagne, though this is not the British Empire’s idea of the evolution of the term “Great”!