On the naming of cats

together

So much depends upon
the naming of small furry ones.

They will be fundamentally altered
if I call them Muffin and Pudding

or Tiger and Panther

or Solomon and The Queen of Sheba.

cream and two

He is small and black, the baby of the litter.
She is feisty and golden, and leads him around.
If only their colors were switched! I would call them Arthur and Morgan le Fay…
but Arthur must be golden and le Fay black.

golden paw

Almost I settled on Trotwood and Miss Betsey. I love to name for personality.
But I would have had to explain
so often.

We hovered over Pepper and Saffron

black paw

and settled, at last,
on Goldilocks and Bear
because they belong to children who do not understand Trotwood
and Kelly liked it

with Kelly

and I enjoy the subtle irony of the personality reversal
or prophecy–
the mild Bear and the pushy Goldilocks.

cream and one

So they venture out
where so many braver animals have been decimated
by cars and traps and hawks and things

with Regan

I think they have a little fairytale magic of their own
and it is good to snuggle fluff again.

in kelly's skirt

4 thoughts on “On the naming of cats

  1. My hubby rather has a soft little spot for cats & kittens. He too, likes to name them “according to their personality”. Which is why, over the years, there have been cats with names like Space-Shuttle, Two-by-Four, Rattlesnake, Goldilocks, Mustard & Mayonaise, Pippi, and the like. Sadly, I have a hard time enduring their very presence.

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