Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: CAT (11/08/18)
- TITLE: Family Felidae – a Bio-illogical Study
By David Butler
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Refined in manners. O, such grace!
Compared to feline ele-gance,
Our fashion models stand no chance.
The ladies on the catwalk fail.
(They lack the poise wrought by a tail.)
So, let us list these noble creatures
And discuss their finer features.
Most familiar, Felis catus,
Skilfully knows how to rate us.
Smarter than the faithful dog,
He keeps a careful catalogue:
The contents of our ‘fridgerator,
Best of beds to lie on later,
Vantage points and hiding places,
Warning signs on humans’ faces.
Leopards, oft known by their spots,
Could be confused with Ocelots.
We“Le-o-pardus” named the latter (!)
Scientists think it doesn’t matter.
Leopards (Panthera pard-us)
Would call L. pardalis a “puss”!
Their stunning coats, I’m told, were woven
By the mother of Beethoven.
Sullen is the dark brow’d Puma
For he lacks a sense of humour.
Writers, he regards as pests
Nor understands our foolish jests.
Sometimes also called the Cougar.
Do not steal his cherished nougat!
Burgled sweets are dearly-bought –
He’ll take you to the highest court!
The tiger of remote Siberia
Is the cause of much hysteria.
Yet he, like his Indian brother,
Shows affection for his mother.
Though largest of these predators
He passes softly on his paws
Lest baby deer should, startled, wake
And mother doe a scene she’d make.
The Cheetah has no cause for shame
Unfortunate, though, is his name.
This honest, fleet Acinonyx
Does not resort to drug-cheat’s tricks.
Olympic athletes stand in awe.
The Melbourne Cup is in his paw.
Pharlap or Winks he’d leave for dead,
And make poor Usain Bolt instead.
A handsome feline is the Lynx
(He’s NOT the spray on bathroom sinks.)
No technophobe is he, what’s more.
His smart phone’s always in his paw.
His name (I think I got it right)
Came from his fav’rite dating site.
And what girl wildcat could resist
This suave, soft-purring narcissist?
The panther wears a furry helm,
And proudly he surveys his realm.
His ego, I’m afraid, is frail.
A “Panther-pun” is sure to fail.
To call him “Cat” would never do,
Or you could be tomorrow’s stew!
“Panthera” he will accept
But not from vets who are inept.
The jaguar is cool and lean
Much like his namesake mean-machine.
But gears and engines he’d despise
No driver’s seat would match his size.
His habitat is in the tropics.
He won’t discuss divisive topics.
Meat cuisine is his forté,
And posts a blog on this each day.
But though I write light-heartedly,
The greatest Felid I can see
Fills me with awe – the mighty lion,
Likened to the King of Zion,
God, creator, bold and brave,
He fights for those He came to save,
The Lord of Lords, the great “I AM”
Who died for us – God’s Holy Lamb.
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