Sleepy Cat — In Memory

Sleepy Cat playing with a cord

This is a repost of a poem I wrote in 2002 about a friend’s cat.

Sleepy Cat

Small of foot Black and white Queen of cats Your throne is my lap My pillow My bed The blanket upon the back of the recliner

Your name A gift from strangers Is truer still Since a lazy Sunday Can be spent with you Never leaving the warmth of my body Impeccably groomed Capriciously feline Wary of your domain Quick with hiss, swipe, or bite To whatever you dislike Still you find a spot To curl and cozy In some nook created by my limbs

My thoughts can never be grey With you sleeping and serene A fitting goddess for my altar Where I sacrifice the day

Sleepy Cat resting on a fluffy comforter

Roger Waters

It’s war in the Mideast, and that means that Roger Waters was due to release a new album. There have been rumors of a new rock album for the past 4 years and a new operatic album for the past 6 years. His last album, Amused to Death, came out in 1992. That’s 14 years ago—a long time to deprive his fans. But he did tour a couple of years ago, and released a kind of greatest hits album in The Flickering Flame. And now he has released two singles, “To Kill the Child” and “Leaving Beirut.” Both are available, free, as streaming audio files on Waters’s website. The songs are also available for purchase and download through various online music stores. Of course, the best place to get them is iTunes. Of the two songs, “Leaving Beirut” is the stronger and more personal. It is also twice as long as the other. Obviously, both songs are inspired by the current situation our Bozo in Chief got us into, and Waters takes Tony Blair to task for following the Idiot. It’s inspiring to once again hear Waters, even if it takes an awful world-shaking event to move him to write.