A Day for Poetry

December 10, 2011
When I was in high school, English was my best subject -- in fact, I loved it so much that it became my major in university. During my first year of high school, I signed up for creative writing classes. At first writing poems and stories proved quite difficult, especially when you are expected to write so much and have deadlines, but sometimes you get such an amazing flow of thoughts that end up on paper. The following poem happened on one such occasion, and it is one of my favourite pieces that I have ever written. Enjoy!

"The Cowboy and the Cat"
by Laura Holtby

The fire crackled fiercely
As the cowboy put another log on the fire
He opened a can of beans
And ate it with a spoon
Leaving nothing for his starving cat
A flock of birds settled in front of the cowboy
The cat looked in his direction, eyes wide
And prepared to pounce
A flutter of wings went up
As a lone feather
Fell from the cat's mouth
The cowboy grew angry
With this stupid creature
And picked it up by its tail
"Get outta here!"
The cowboy yelled
As he threw the cat into the bush
He turned his back
Threw another log on the fire
And lay down to rest
In the morning, when he woke up
The cat was asleep on his chest

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