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19 Jan 2017

Perfect Pets - Winner

Perfect Pets CompetitionAs April is National Pet Month we were looking for you to create a special poem about pets: your pet, pet habits, a dream pet, unusual pets, what it’s like having a pet… anything that inspires you about our furry, feathered or scaly friends we wanted to hear.

Congratulations to the winner of £25 and a copy of Perfect Pets...

Michael Vipond from Framlingham
ISBN: 978-1-84418-714-0


Gus

Gus is short for disgusting;
an ebullient sort of a cat
whose ears are tattered
and the silence is shattered
by his spit and his hiss and his spat.
He's a sort of virulent ginger
with whiskers that straggle and spike
in a very bohemian manner
that not many other cats like.
He has a peculiar hobby
of extending an inquisitive paw
and fishing in the mouth of his owner
to locate the source of a snore.
On days when the weather is sunny
he will lie by the door in a heap
with one suspicious eye open
and dare you to disturb his sleep.
All beds are his for the choosing
and if you should dare to complain
that it's time for changing the linen
he'll ignore you and snuggle again
deep down in his luxurious fashion
and from that incredible chest
will come antedeluvian rumbles
with a typical volcanic zest.
But one thing can totally baffle
this strombolian and cause him to wail
it's the latest arrival, a kitten,
who loves to ambush his tail.
Gus will stare at this lilliputian,
extend an uncertain paw
then roll over like some sagging cushion
and let the mite struggle some more
over the mountainous body
that begs to be explored.
I'm afraid the boss of our household
is also a bit of a fraud.
For when we look in each evening
at this territorial disgrace
he is lying at a peculiar angle
with the kitten asleep on his face.

Michael Vipond


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