Cat Poem

By Charles Buckowski

My Cats


I know. I know.

they are limited, have different needs and concerns.

but I watch and learn from them. I like the little they know, which is so much.

they complain but never worry.

they walk with a surprising dignity.

they sleep with a direct simplicity that humans just can’t understand.


their eyes are more beautiful than our eyes.

and they can sleep 20 hours ­a day without

hesitation or remorse.


when I am feeling low

all I have to do is


watch my cats and my courage returns

I study these creatures

They are my teachers.

            By Charles Bukowski


About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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6 Responses to Cat Poem

  1. Gorgeous Bruce… perceptive and inspiring – love it !

  2. Super, Bruce. I believe this is why the Egyptians worshipped them. 🙂 They have a certain ‘air’ about them that exudes royalty. It’s a beautiful thing.

  3. catnipoflife says:

    “my cats” – A Poem by Charles Bukowski

    There are two more lines:
    I study these creatures
    They are my teachers

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