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This is the freebie for today's [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam, inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman.


"The Thermotropism of Purring Pets"


To cats,
the sun is
a supermagnet.

They are drawn to
its warm rays the way
bees are drawn to flowers.

One may easily find
the warmest spot in a home
simply by searching for the cats.

They turn up
in cuddle puddles
and unexpected fur piles.

Each curled and
resonant form is a reminder
to pause and take part in comfort.

No day containing time
spent with a contented cat
can be counted a complete loss.

* * *

Notes:

Thermotropism is the movement of an organism toward or away from a directional source of temperature change. Cats are profoundly thermotropic.

Cats are so soothing that they are used as therapy animals.

OOH!

Date: 2016-02-20 11:16 pm (UTC)
dialecticdreamer: My work (Default)
From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
Thank you for this. I love it!

And the last stanza just perfects it.

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Date: 2016-02-21 12:16 am (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
Perfect! [purrfect?!]

and yes, it's quite possible to trace the position of hotwater pipes under the floor boards by where the cats prefer to sleep on cold days.

At This Rate . . .

Date: 2016-02-21 01:04 am (UTC)
shiori_makiba: Makiba Shiori in Kanji and Roman Letters (Default)
From: [personal profile] shiori_makiba
My AWWWWW Meter is going need to be re-set. It's already on maximum.

Anyway, Cute. Very cute.

Did give me the compulsion to go pet the cat. She didn't mind the extra attention.

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Date: 2016-02-21 01:40 am (UTC)
mdlbear: A brown tabby cat looking dubiously at a wireless mouse (curio)
From: [personal profile] mdlbear
Purrrrrrrrfect. Yes, cats are marvelous therapy animals. I'm going to need one when I get home -- it's been a long day.

Re: Thank you!

Date: 2016-02-23 08:17 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I would love to find a shirt that says that......

My kitty likes to curl up on my chest or in my lap. She talks too.... And she just came back to me after taking a snack break. Love the poem... Cats! I was excited when I saw the word "purr".

-tresta

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Date: 2016-02-21 01:52 am (UTC)
thnidu: our cat (Ista)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
PURRR-R-R-R-R-RRRRRRR!

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Date: 2016-02-21 02:34 am (UTC)
chanter_greenie: a slightly faded picture of a three-legged torbie kitty cat with a lot of rust coloring in her fur (supermodel kitty)
From: [personal profile] chanter_greenie
Awwwww. :) You could just as easily reverse that; find the cats by searching for the warmest accessible place in the house!

This explains why chilly weather makes for cuddlier kitties. XD

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Date: 2016-02-21 12:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alycewilson.livejournal.com
Very, very true! Our kitty can often be found relaxing on the radiator. This is probably why he also has a habit of stealing my seat when I stand up.

Yes...

Date: 2016-02-21 02:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
That is why cats steal seats. Also possibly because they expect to get a lap when the original sitter returns.

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Date: 2016-02-22 02:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fayanora.livejournal.com
Love it!

Thank you!

Date: 2016-02-22 02:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
I'm happy to hear that. It seems to be a popular piece.

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Date: 2016-02-26 05:28 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

Date: 2016-02-26 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
I'm glad you liked this, fellow cat-lover!

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