When I am an Old Cat

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When I am an Old Cat

Post by Marie F. Popl » Sat, 28 Apr 2001 04:52:30



Just received a wonderfully delightful birthday card
from a co-worker and thought you would enjoy it.  I
did.

     When I Am An Old Cat

When I Am An Old Cat I shall wear
a diamond collar and leave my footprints
on white couches; I shall drink my cream with
a touch of brandy and spit out my vitamins;
I shall sit on the laps of dog people
just to irritate them; I shall nap on top of the
neighbor's petunias and perch on top of
birdbaths and grow charmingly chubby.

But for now I must tolerate the dog
and use my litter box and not sharpen
my claws on the sofa, so no one can doubt
the truth that cats are superior to dogs.

But every once in a while I wonder
if I should be *** now and then
and nip a few toes, so my humans
won't be too shocked when suddenly
I become an old cat and
start to wear a diamond collar.

 
 
 

When I am an Old Cat

Post by Irula » Sat, 28 Apr 2001 05:46:23


wonderful, so catlike <g>
Jazz and his Mama

--
Irulan
from the stars we came, to the stars we return
from now until the end of time


Quote:
> Just received a wonderfully delightful birthday card
> from a co-worker and thought you would enjoy it.  I
> did.

>      When I Am An Old Cat

> When I Am An Old Cat I shall wear
> a diamond collar and leave my footprints
> on white couches; I shall drink my cream with
> a touch of brandy and spit out my vitamins;
> I shall sit on the laps of dog people
> just to irritate them; I shall nap on top of the
> neighbor's petunias and perch on top of
> birdbaths and grow charmingly chubby.

> But for now I must tolerate the dog
> and use my litter box and not sharpen
> my claws on the sofa, so no one can doubt
> the truth that cats are superior to dogs.

> But every once in a while I wonder
> if I should be *** now and then
> and nip a few toes, so my humans
> won't be too shocked when suddenly
> I become an old cat and
> start to wear a diamond collar.

 
 
 

When I am an Old Cat

Post by Kare » Sat, 28 Apr 2001 06:35:55


Oh what the heck here is the original so you can compare!

WHEN I AM AN OLD WOMAN

When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.

I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and a pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We will have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old and start to wear purple.

Jenny Joseph, author

and the darling mirror poem posted earlier (Thanks Marie!!):

Quote:

>      When I Am An Old Cat

> When I Am An Old Cat I shall wear
> a diamond collar and leave my footprints
> on white couches; I shall drink my cream with
> a touch of brandy and spit out my vitamins;
> I shall sit on the laps of dog people
> just to irritate them; I shall nap on top of the
> neighbor's petunias and perch on top of
> birdbaths and grow charmingly chubby.

> But for now I must tolerate the dog
> and use my litter box and not sharpen
> my claws on the sofa, so no one can doubt
> the truth that cats are superior to dogs.

> But every once in a while I wonder
> if I should be *** now and then
> and nip a few toes, so my humans
> won't be too shocked when suddenly
> I become an old cat and
> start to wear a diamond collar.

 
 
 

When I am an Old Cat

Post by J Greav » Sat, 28 Apr 2001 07:07:46


Quote:
>  When I Am An Old Cat

>When I Am An Old Cat I shall wear
>a diamond collar

Isn't this based on the wonderful poem "When I am old, I shall wear purple...

Jeanette Snowshoe

 
 
 

When I am an Old Cat

Post by J Greav » Sat, 28 Apr 2001 07:09:28


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>Oh what the heck here is the original so you can compare!

Thank you Karen, I've wanted to re-read that for ages now.

Jeanette
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When I am an Old Cat

Post by Kare » Sat, 28 Apr 2001 11:36:13




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>> Oh what the heck here is the original so you can compare!

> Thank you Karen, I've wanted to re-read that for ages now.

> Jeanette
> remove nospam to email

I think it is one of the best poems ever!

Karen

 
 
 

When I am an Old Cat

Post by Marin » Sat, 28 Apr 2001 18:19:35




Quote:
> Just received a wonderfully delightful birthday card
> from a co-worker and thought you would enjoy it.  I
> did.

>      When I Am An Old Cat

<snip>

Charming poem! I understand the quirks of my old cats better
now. They are just doing everything they were not allowed to
do when young.

--
Marina
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When I am an Old Cat

Post by Marin » Sat, 28 Apr 2001 18:17:52



Quote:
> >Oh what the heck here is the original so you can compare!

> Thank you Karen, I've wanted to re-read that for ages now.

No pun intended? ;o)

--
Marina
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> Jeanette
> remove nospam to email

 
 
 

When I am an Old Cat

Post by jXwXeXrXmXoX.. » Fri, 04 May 2001 03:49:08



 > Just received a wonderfully delightful birthday card
 > from a co-worker and thought you would enjoy it.  I
 > did.

 >      When I Am An Old Cat

 > When I Am An Old Cat I shall wear
 > a diamond collar and leave my footprints
 > on white couches; I shall drink my cream with

  [snip]

Marie, do you know who wrote this poem? I don't mean the original
"When I am an Old Woman" poem, I mean this one. Does it say on your
birthday card?

I forwarded this poem to a cat-loving friend and she wants to
put it in her sig file, but would like to have the author's name.

Thanks,

Joyce