It’s times like this, when I’m a bit short of ideas, that I think it’d be nice to blog about cats. They’re clearly loved by many, judging by the number of cute snapshots of handsome cats, or links to new cat poems, that appear, daily, in multiple places on the internet.
As recently as this February, The Poetry Foundation included a prominent feature entitled Cat poems: Our feline friends reveal a sensory, and even spiritual, world beyond the human. (And that’s only the tip of the tail at The Poetry Foundation – run a search for ‘cat poems’ or ‘cat articles’ if you’re in need of more feline-related writing and you’ll soon feel as satisfied as the cat who got the cream.)
Yes, undoubtedly, a cat blog would be popular, and highly probable, IF I HAD A CAT. But, sadly, owing to a cat allergy in our family, the pets of choice chez-nous are two fluffed-up rabbits, happily ensconced in a hutch (with run attached) in our garden.
So how about a blog about rabbit poems?
They are the world’s third most popular pet but I’ve yet to see #rabbits or #rabbitpoems trending on Twitter.
A recent search on the excellent Poetry Archive revealed 18 poems about cats but only six about rabbits, and at least one of these was, in reality, referring to a hamster. It seems to me that rabbit poetry is a woefully under-represented genre.
A search on PoemHunter.com led me to A Rabbit As King Of The Ghosts, a beautiful poem by Wallace Stevens which suggests, I think, that rabbits themselves are all too aware of the oppressive popularity of cats.
I’ll continue to forage for rabbit poems and if you unearth (unburrow?) any, perhaps you could let me know.
To be continued…