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April 2, 2018

Ekphrastic April, Day 2: "A Cat"

Artist Henriette Ronner-Knip painted cats and dogs almost exclusively! An obsessive love of pets is not just a late 20th-early 21st century phenonmenon!

"A Cat" (1892) by Henriette Ronner-Knip [1821-1909].

she observes

her legs neatly tucked

--but always
mindful of signs foretelling

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.


  1. Those hooded eyes -- half asleep or judging our flawed humanity?!?!

  2. Exqusite painting and cherita. Happy Easter Diane

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  3. There are times I wonder if cats ever really rest. You've captured that wary demeanor beautifully, Diane-"but always/mindful". The art is exquisite, isn't it?

    1. That's why they cat nap 20 hours a day, because they're always on alert.

  4. at her favorite cat hotel

    my older feline like a youngster
    taps the window

    her wild young lover
    shows up again
    paw to glass

    ~Kath Abela Wilson

    1. I love this, Kath! My indoor cat has a black cat who prowls around in front of the window. Drives my cat crazy--from love or anxiety, I'll never know.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I may throw in another cat cherita, or two, in the coming month, so be sure to come back again!

  6. My sister has a cat like this. Very similar coloring and a similar expression though this one has a look of intelligence. My sister's Tiger Lily is beloved, but a klutz and not the most friendly of cats, unless she wants you to turn on the sink faucet. She is not a bowl cat. She likes her water from the tap. However if you have ever loved a cat, you know that you can have a true relationship with them. We adored our black cat and I still miss him. He was the best. I love how your poem captures that ever ready gaze that cats have, that knowing look and sometimes a bit of disgust.
    Janet Clare F.

  7. I'm so glad her "legs neatly tucked" made it into your poem. Love it! xo

  8. "Mindful of signs foretelling betrayal." So that is why the cat looks so wise yet suspicious. If it were my cat, you'd have to keep an eye on those paws.