(response to R. Haas)
These are the dog days
Don’t cats lie around, prostrate from the heat?
We do not have cat days
Cat houses, cats eyes, catsup
No cat days
Mist rising from soaked lawns
Well, cats would not lie around on a soaked lawn
Especially if the mist would rise
Blurring sight in a cats eyes
Whatever it is would spur a change
In literature that spans a range
Of time and custom that oft depends
On adages, old saws, and phrases
Featuring animals, pets and such
Let a sleeping dog lie, tethered, or not
The end of day unties what those of us who choose
To let the animal lie, or not
Would you tie up a cat?
No wonder they have not days,
Who said to my child: “let’s play…
Must not have been having a cat
or dog day.