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Sporadic Lives
Persephone Abbott


These Skopelos cats with
Adamant expression
Have no retirement plan
Only hard days of lying listlessly
Cashing in on the
Bounty of the sea
Neatly picking the bones dry
Stomachs spread on moistened cement
In the noon day heat
After the garden hose has passed.

© by Persephone Abbott.
Used with the authorís permission.


Persephone Abbott is a multilingual musician and writer who lives in The Netherlands in the historical city of Gouda. Born in America, she left to live in Europe at a young age "to pursue a life different from what she could have otherwise experienced." Learn more about her at


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Beautiful observation of the cat's life. They cash in on the best of life where ever they are.
Posted 08/17/2011 02:08 AM
Posted 08/16/2011 08:30 PM
It is amazing to me that so few words can create such a vivid panorama. Wonderful poem!
Posted 08/16/2011 09:42 AM
Ginny C.:
The imagery is very vivid in this poem.
Posted 08/16/2011 09:30 AM
Jennifer W:
Ah those cats. Love the economical way Persephone(great name) uses language.
Posted 08/16/2011 08:59 AM

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