Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

As we do each Thursday, Kitties Blue is joining Angel Sammy and Teddy from TwoSpoiledCats for their poetry day. Today’s prompt letter is “K.” We decided to use one of the four prompt words for our poem this week. Those words are: 1) Kiss, 2) Key, 3) King and 4) Kindle.


Kitty Kisses

Kisses come in many shapes and sizes and
For a variety of reasons and intentions.
There are pecks on the cheek and
Smacks on the lips, French kisses and
Kisses on the head or the hand.
But the best kisses are kitty kisses. Cats
Normally kiss with their eyes, giving
The object of their affection a slow blink.
But like Lily Olivia and Misty May, they
Often give real kisses if one asks nicely.
I always ask, “May I have a kiss, please?”
Usually my reply is a wet, raspy
Tongue applied to my nose or face.
Sometimes I only get one quick kiss.
On other occasions I may get 20 or 30.
I don’t know how I “trained” these two
To give kisses when asked. If I did,
I would train all eight to do exactly the same.
Kitty kisses are the best…if you can get them.
Just always remember to ask nicely!

© Janet Buickerood Blue 08/23/2015

I tried repeatedly to get both Misty May and Lily Olivia to give me at least one kiss for a photo. But, of course, being cats, they refused to cooperate. So, you’ll just have to trust me that they actually do this.

To read Angel Sammy’s poem or find links to other poems, click on his badge.


Thankful Thursday

Today, we are thankful for receiving the Blogger Recognition Award. We haven’t received an award in forever, making this especially nice. Our award was given to us by the always entertaining TwoCatsViews’ Hemingway and Steinbeck. We send them our sincere thanks.


As with most awards, this one comes with a few rules.

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog √

  • Write a post to show your award √

  • Give a brief story of how your blog started:

Most of you know by now that I started this blog on a whim. I have been writing professionally and for my own pleasure most of my life. Unfortunately, I have a short attention span. Other than items I was assigned to write, this meant that I mostly stuck with poetry. Then one day it came to me that I could write a blog about our often amusing cats. I’d never read a blog, and I knew nothing about blogging. But here Kitties Blue and I are five-plus years later. I’ve learned a lot and am still learning.

  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

1) Have a plan and find your niche. Obviously, this is something I did not do prior to starting our blog. I had no plan other than to write about Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo. At this point, it has become obvious to me that I write this blog to entertain you. Though I do product and book reviews and some posts about cat health and behavior, my focus is on fun.

2) Proofread, proofread, proofread. No one wants to read a blog filled with typos, spelling mistakes and bad grammar. If this is not your strong suit, asks someone in your household to read your post before you publish or read it yourself out loud. Your eyes will skip over errors. Your mouth will not. Those of you who write in some form of “animal speak,” should not ignore this process. I’ll admit, I often have trouble understanding such posts. But if you have a compelling story, I most likely will continue to come back to your blog.

  • Select 15 other bloggers to whom you want to give this award.

At one time I was really good about following this rule, but I have seen this award on most blogs I read regularly. So, I am going to be a rule breaker this time, and suggest that if you do not have this and would like it, please award it to yourself.

  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

Guess I get to skip this one.

We are entering Brian’s Thankful Thursday blog hop. You can always find something in your life for which to be thankful, so consider joining the hop. To do so, click on Brian’s badge.