Demon Cats

( Nine Feline Nonets with a Hat Tip to Old Possum , Poe and Pushmaotee Subrun )

( A nonet is a nine line poem, with the first line containing nine syllables, the next eight, so on until the last line has one syllable. )

See BakeNeko NekoMata
Japanese Cat Yokai,
The Familiars
Of old witches
Devil’s pets
Brindled
So do I
Like ‘em ?
No.

Three Different Names
Every Cat must have
Says TS Eliot
Let us say Augustus
A Formal Name
Quaxo
Unique
Last
Shh..

Mister Mistoffelees Magical
Mungojerrie Rumpelteazer
Jolly Jellicle Cats
Jennyanydots
The Gumbie Cat
All love bacon
Baked into
Mousey
Pie

Edgar Allan Poe’s Black Cat
Got her torturer punished
He called her a monster
But he was a demon
Wantonly cruel
Ultimately
Exposed
By a
Mew

Bombalurina Jellylorum
Munkustrap Coricopater
A Feline Alligator
Catty Crocodile
Skimbleshanks
Railway Cat
Curious
Devils
All

Rum Tum Tugger Bustopher Jones
Grumbuskin and Tumblebrutus
And Lady Griddlebone
Better mind your tone
Bravo Bravura
Gumbie Cats
All very
Dark
Yo

Firefrorefiddle the fabler fey
Fiend of the Fell the legends say
Feasts upon the fattest prey
Finds and finishes
Fast and furious
Fiend Cat
Ferretty
Let fur
Fly

Macavity the Missing Cat
Mistoffelees Magic Hat
Is that where it’s at?
A Mafia boss
It vanishes
It’s criminal
And clever
Both
See

Nine Feline Nonets new
Bees in Bonnets : few
No , no sonnets , phew!
Thus poems grew
Hearing cats mew
Out of the blue
With no clue
But on
Cue

( ASA )

2 thoughts on “Demon Cats

  1. amitapaul Post author

    Thank you so much , Vijay Nair .
    I enjoyed writing this concatenation of nonets at lot .
    Though the constraint of form can seem restrictive in the end it actually frees one’s imagination in unexpected ways and leads you down many alleys of whimsy , allusion and idiosyncrasy, which I love to explore with quite substantial help from poets and storytellers have written before me .

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