by Janet Blue on June 28, 2018

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

Today’s inspiration photo, selected by Teddy and angel Sammy’s Mom, Pam, is beautiful and contains so many things to spark one’s imagination. I originally had planned to write a Haiku, as the photo said more than a bunch of words ever could. But then, Astrid got her paws on the computer. Once she started typing, she just couldn’t stop. Her poem became more of a short story, and she has her paws crossed that you enjoy it.

Here’s the photo.


A Magical Place

Are my eyes deceiving me?
This wasn’t here a moment ago.
I think I must be dreaming.
That’s it! This has to be a dream.
But I don’t feel as if I’m asleep.
But how could I be on earth,
Yet see it so clearly in the distance?
Is someone playing a trick on me?
Do they want me to think I’m delusional?
No…this must be real.
My paw pads are burning from this hot sand.
And I am really, really thirsty.
In fact, I feel as if I might faint.
That wouldn’t happen if I were sleeping.
I wonder if those other cats are real?
Maybe they can help me figure this out.
“Here, kitty, kitty, kitty.”
Why didn’t that work? That’s how Mom
Calls kitties she doesn’t know.
“Hey you, cat, can you hear me?”
Why are they ignoring me?
Maybe I’m really here but invisible.
Is that even possible?
Was I sucked into some kind of black hole?
Let’s see, what’s the last thing I remember.
Breakfast…check. Watching squirrels…check.
Napping in the sun on the catio…check.
I’ve got it…sunstroke…I fried my brain!
Yikes…how can I fix that?
Do Mom and Dad know?
I wonder if they can straighten this out?
Hey, what was that?
Who’s smacking me on the head?

Astrid speaking out loud: “Cooper Murphy is that you?
You look fuzzy and your stripes are all wavy.
Are you really here, or am I imagining you?
What happened to me? Am I alive?
Why aren’t you answering me?”
Oh cwap…am I dead? I never thought of that.
Did Misty May finally whack me?”

Cooper Murphy speaking out loud: “You’re not dead, but you are a doofus.
You burrowed so far into Mom’s neck
That you passed out cold from lack of oxygen.
Maybe you should come up for air sometimes.”

Wowzers, that sure scared me. That place
Was nice, but I wouldn’t want to live there.
I didn’t smell any stinky goodness or treaties,
And those other cats were not friendly;
Though, they didn’t try to beat me up.
It was beautiful, and interesting, however,
And I wouldn’t mind visiting again,
If I could take my sweet husband, Sampy,
An umbrella for shade and a picnic basket
Filled with shrimpies, nip wine and Temptations.
Then that magical place would be purrfect!

© Astrid Blue Hall 06/27/2018

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday is hosted each week by Two Spoiled Cats. Angel Sammy transmits his poem from the Rainbow Bridge, and his poems are always must reads. To visit Teddy and Angel Sammy’s blog to read Sammy’s poem and find links to other poetry in the Comments, click on the badge below.

Thankful Thursday

Kitties Blue always have oodles of things for which they are thankful. Astrid received some super cool gifts this week from husband Sampy (Kitty Cat Chronicles) for their anniversary. She’ll share those in another post.

This week the gang is most thankful for boxes. Of course, they are always thankful for boxes, but we’ve had a bonanza of them lately. Dad Tom and I are getting ready to begin a home addition and lots of goodies have been arriving, like tile and light fixtures.  And everyone is enjoying trying them out, either inside or out.



Thankful Thursday is a blog hop hosted by everyone’s pal, Brian. To join in, post for what you are thankful, and then click on his badge and enter your post link on his blog.


Our Sock Giveaway

If you haven’t entered our current giveaway, what are you waiting for?We are giving away ten pairs of adorable, customizable cat socks from

The second winner was selected, from those leaving comments on yesterday’s post, using The lucky recipient is Raven from Indulged Furries.

You still have eight more opportunities to win by leaving a comment on this post and the next seven.

This is a photo of mom’s cool socks featuring Mau. You’ll have the opportunity to select pink or blue socks and which of your kitties you want to immortalize.

To find out more about the give away visit the original post, Toesy Tuesday Giveaway.

See y’all again tomorrow for Friendly Fill-Ins and Feline Friday.


Dalton/Angel-MrJackFreckles/Pipo & Angel-Minko July 11, 2018 at 11:24 pm

You kitties are in box heaven!

What a fun poem…glad it was just a dream…too scary to be in the desert without water or anything else. Astrid you are at Home Sweet Home! The best place to be:)
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Jackie Avery June 29, 2018 at 11:12 am

That was a lovely story, Astrid.

Lisa Babs June 28, 2018 at 9:39 pm

Of course they are thankful for boxes. I don’t know whose more happy when we get a delivery. The humans because we got what we ordered or the cat because she got a new box to check out.

Stephanie B June 28, 2018 at 9:28 pm

Truly loved that poem/story. Great imagination Astrid!!

Raven June 28, 2018 at 8:43 pm

Astrid, Did you have a bit too much nip? That’s a wild poem.
And wow, thanks for the opportunity to have customizable cat socks. They look like a lot of fun.

The Island Cat June 28, 2018 at 5:14 pm

What a great poem, Astrid. We think with all that sand, that place would make an excellent litter box. 🙂 Just stay out of the water!
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Eastside Cats June 28, 2018 at 4:47 pm

Hallucinations or heat stroke? Some treats will make you feel better, Astrid! And drink plenty of water too! I am thankful that my office has boxes galore to take home to the kitties to play with!

The Menagerie Mom June 28, 2018 at 4:31 pm

Now that was a purrfect poem, Astrid! At least your temporary lack of oxygen resulted in this masterpiece. Purrs!

World Of Animals, Inc. June 28, 2018 at 12:42 pm

We loved the poem that you shared. Astrid is one talented writer. What’s Thankful Thursday without boxes. They are thankful every day for any box that shows up at the house. Have a wonderful day.

Ellen Pilch June 28, 2018 at 12:37 pm

That was fun 🙂 Great poem. And all my cats agree that boxes are to be thankful for. XO

Comedy Plus June 28, 2018 at 10:07 am

Congratulations to the lucky winner of those cool socks. I still have my fingers crossed that I’ll be chosen.

I so enjoy your poems.

Being thankful for new boxes is the very best.

Have a purrfect Thankful Thursday. My best to your peeps. ♥
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Roby Sweet June 28, 2018 at 9:39 am

What a great story, Astrid! I’m glad Cooper Murphy woke you up so you could get some oxygen, though. And having lots of boxes to play in is always a good thing 🙂

Brian Frum June 28, 2018 at 8:29 am

Those were great poems and those boxes look wonderful! Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

The Florida Furkids June 28, 2018 at 8:29 am

That was a super poem/story!! Allie says she wouldn’t want to be there because Mau isn’t there.

Those boxes look PAWSOME!!

The Florida Furkids with bazillion smoochies and tons of love to Mau

ps – Allie was annoyed that Mom kept using the Flashy Box when she was trying to get a snooze in the sink which is why she looked sad in yesterdays’ post.
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Linda Arthur Tejera June 28, 2018 at 8:05 am

That’s one good poem/story you put together. Certainly does fit that great photo! And the others sure look like they’re having fun with boxes while you’re writing away! 😀
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Summer June 28, 2018 at 4:48 am

Wow, that was quite a poem!
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Teddy June 28, 2018 at 4:36 am

Oh my you kitties knocked it out of the park with this story-poem. I love it…..we thought the photo was super “dreamy” too – a perfect mirage which we figured would lead to some really interesting poems and this is proof that it did just that. Thanks for pawticipating each week and writing an “ALWAYS GREAT” poem. We’re THANKFUL for your friendship as always and thankful that yet another winner will be getting some of those very cool socks!

Hugs, Teddy
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Lone Star Cats June 28, 2018 at 4:11 am

No stinky goodness? I don’t think I’d wanna be there either.
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The J-Cats June 28, 2018 at 12:23 am

That was a beautiful poem/story/dream!
Astrid is a furry talented writer who is sure to win the Purrlitzer Prize one day!
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