Please Don’t Eat the Ribbons!

presentation1Am I the only one

whose little cat thinks

each bit of Christmas ribbon

is a strand of pasta?

Then, discovering it’s actually nasty

and terribly vile,

hurls it up

in tidy little piles

of cheery, multicolored

Christmas bile?

With a cack, cack, cack

our little cat puts it all back,

then goes and eats some more.kitten-eating-ribbon-by-tony-campbell

It’s her we adore,

but on days like these, I confess,

yes, I must admit,

I want to kill her

just a little bit,

or at least to scream,

“Why do you do that, cat?”

But I’ll never know,

so I’ll close this sweet refrain

with a feline greeting

so fluffily whiskerly bright,

 “Happy Cat-mess to all

and to all a good night!”


About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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25 Responses to Please Don’t Eat the Ribbons!

  1. boromax says:

    Hilarious! “Cat-mess”

    “I want to kill her just a little bit” – is that the wanting or the killing that is meant to be “just a little bit”?


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  2. feistyfroggy says:

    I haven’t been able to bows on presents for years and I also gave up on breakable ornaments years ago.

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  3. Relax... says:

    LOL! Cats are saint-makers, but how I miss our communal stalkings/naps/staring contests. 🙂

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  4. TEP336 says:

    While I do like cats, and have had cats grace me with their presence over the years, this is one of the reasons why my family hasn’t chosen to open our home to any cats. The fact that my wife absolutely hates cats would be another. She’s perfectly content with our dog, who thinks she’s a people.

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  5. Cheryl Schaeffner says:

    Mitch I love your poem. It made me chuckle. I didn’t know you were a poet as well as an accomplished writer, producer, etc.

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  6. clcouch123 says:

    Too true, all of it. It’s better to have it out rather than have it in. But the cat, it seems, has to get it in in the first place. My cat used to swallow and then bring up things–food for people, for instance.

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  7. And this is why I’m a dog person!

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  8. Hetty Eliot says:

    Truly though it’s not a laughing matter. It can knot up inside their intestines, killing them. Look at ribbon, string, yarn, tinsel, etc., as lethal.

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  9. So cute! Yip, no tinsel and very little ribbon under our tree! 🎄 Silly Cat! 🐱

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  10. CG Thelen says:

    One of the great mysteries of the world. Cats are such… well, such cats.

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  11. I see it in my cat’s eyes when we’re wrapping packages, “yummy ribbons.”

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  12. revruss1220 says:

    Somehow we have been lucky enough that neither of our two dogs have much of an interest in the presents under the tree. If there isn’t a smell, it isn’t worth the effort, apparently. Anyway… Merry Cat-Mess to you and yours!

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  13. Christi says:

    My cat prefers tissue paper,
    In tiny little bits strewn about,
    Not one strip will ever escape her,
    As she unfolds her wicked Christmas caper! 😉

    Liked by 2 people

  14. kathy says:

    Cute and funny post, Mitch! Merry Cat-mess to you, too!

    Liked by 1 person

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