The Collar

I see you dear cat with a collar around your neck.

A collar I placed around your neck myself.

I realise your collar is a symbol of your slavery.

You are not just a cat,

You are a pet.

A pet !

The collar has a silver disc with your name and my address on it.

You are owned !!

Oh my God, I have become an owner.

An owner of a slavery puss.

I have taken away your identity and given you mine.

Oh no,

No !

I must release you dear cat, immediately.

Your liberation is my intention.

Undo your collar

Set you free.

How tight it was,

How uncomplaining you have been.

How accepting of your slavery.

Your ownership.

The red velvety collar with the fluffy stuff on the back.

And the silver disc of ownership

With my address on it.

Will be thrown away,

Forever !


Just don't get lost !!

◄ John Cooper Clarke

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jennifer Malden

Sun 12th Aug 2018 16:14

Lovely cat poem - if I may presume (why shld I!) mightn't 'enslaved' cat in line 10 be preferable to slavery cat? Have a friend who went on hol with a friend feeding her puss. It had a cat flap to go in and out. Her cat was black ,but she found different coloured dander all over the sitting-room. It had invited friends in obviously! She then put a micro-chip on the cat flap and its collar!

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Martin Elder

Fri 13th Jul 2018 09:08

Cats are amazing creatures . We used to have cats but they sadly died as they inevitably would do after a certain age, but we have been adopted by another who lives somewhere else but always comes into our garden for affection

Nice one Hannah

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Hannah Collins

Thu 12th Jul 2018 19:01

Hi Suki, I think it would be great if cats could write about us.
There must be hundreds of poems written about cats.
Cats are generally accepting but once during a power cat my cat saw me staggering around in the dark looking for torch and candles and his expression said it all - Oh don't tell me these humans can't see in the dark !


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Hannah Collins

Thu 12th Jul 2018 18:57

Dear Colin, it really is about a cat.
Please have a lie down .
Thanks for reading.


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Tue 10th Jul 2018 19:12

A clever turn around of protection to be possession Hannah. One of those subjects where there are quite some variables and considerations. My neighbour's cat sadly went missing and it was chipped , thus the call came at last.


<Deleted User> (13762)

Sat 7th Jul 2018 09:17

omg I'm so sorry I thought this was about S&M - I think I need a lie down . . .

I'm a cat person btw - Mr Miaow to my friends - I'll get my collar and lead . . .

Suki - remember those Tory party conference lanyards with the Tate & Lyle sponsor and how they proudly wore them whilst pontificating about childhood obesity? Oh me oh my - love their double standards sugary pie!

seriously tho Hannah I do like this poem and the comments it has garnered. All the best, Colin.

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suki spangles

Sat 7th Jul 2018 06:56

Lovely piece Hannah,

And we wear lanyards around our neck at work. And I read that the Govt might again be considering bringing in I.D cards.

I wonder if cats could write poems (about us), what would they say? Perhaps WoL should reach out to the cat community, eh?


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Frances Macaulay Forde

Sat 7th Jul 2018 02:54

As Anya says, '...take the collar off, to free someone...'.

Same could be said of a wedding ring, but that's another poem, hey! 😃

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Hannah Collins

Fri 6th Jul 2018 19:36

Hi MC, nothing worse than when a cat goes missing.
When our kitten went missing, we were roaming the streets, calling his name, tapping his feeding bowl, putting up missing posters, only to find he was fast asleep down the back of the sofa all along !
I do hope the cat in question shows up soon.
Good to hear from you.


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M.C. Newberry

Fri 6th Jul 2018 17:24

Cats have been popular with certain members of the family
and the most recent trauma (and they seem to go hand in paw with felines) involves an elderly moggie that has vanished - its fate unknown, thereby causing its "owner"
(here I am paying respect to your poetic interpretation)
considerable heartache of the "what if" variety that seldom
relates to man's best friend...a creature that will astound
our mental capabilities by finding its map-free way back
to a previous owner often hundreds of miles distant.

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Hannah Collins

Fri 6th Jul 2018 10:21

Thank you dear Anya.
Always love your comments. I am enjoying reading your work too.

Hannah xx

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Hannah Collins

Fri 6th Jul 2018 10:20

Thank you so much for your comment Graham.
There is a saying, dogs have owners, cats have staff !
Could be true.
Great to hear from you as ever.


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Graham Sherwood

Fri 6th Jul 2018 08:09

Haha! What a lovely idea for a piece Hannah. I’m not a cat person and was always led to believe by cat owners that their cats owned them?

There is a strong allegory here to I’ll be bound.

Another good piece!

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Fri 6th Jul 2018 06:15

Hi Hannah,

Beautiful! So well written! Is it enough to just take the colar off, to free someone...

Made me think! Amazing poem, Thank you!

Anya xxx

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