Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Animals & Adjectives

Rare animals are a bit like a rarely used adjective - their presence contains magic that few things can give.

Recondite is the experience of a bird's first flight
to the most wise of humans, try as we might.
Apocryphal seem the rumors of certain dog tricks
until videos of skateboarding bulldogs reach us in the sticks.
Ruminant can describe the rare Takin of Tibet -
a rare cattle/goat like animal that I've never met.
Ersatz ducks are the platypus, if you might indulge me.
One duck lives in lakes and the other in the sea.

Abstruse is the bird, the omen, known as the Albatross.
His foreboding reputation might be what makes him cross.
Neoteric is the incredibly lazy Panda bear.
I'm guessing that's how he keeps his silky hair.
Insipid seems the Sloth due to both looks and speed.
Still, seeing him in person would be interesting indeed.
Mordant sounds the man who, when Capybara's appear,
smiles and says, "Hey friend! What are you doing here?"
Apposite to his home seems the Red Tree Vole.
I wish I lived near and could see him while out on a stroll!
Limpid doesn't describe the Chameleon's appearance,
but the fact that some natives want them "put on clearance".
Salient is the world's oldest Janus (two-faced) cat.
Frankie and Louie beat the odds.  What do you think of that?!

© Rachel Hoyt 2011.  All rights reserved.

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This poem was my rhyming response to Smiley Sociology Study #8.
I'm sharing it for You Tube Tuesday because the video is great.
I'm also sharing it at D'Verse Poets Pub's Open Link Night.
Head there to read more poetry if that's your delight.

Josh from "Its Tiger Time" invented You Tube Tuesday so we could each share one video a week which we found to be fun, inspiring or otherwise noteworthy.  If you choose to participate, don't forget to leave your links in my comments section (so I can come visit you) and on Josh's page (so you can be part of the contest). 


  1. A two faced cat
    How about that
    Would be kind of strange
    But interesting to have running around at ones range.

  2. Wow! That is amazing Rachel! Who would ever imagine that could happen?

  3. Whoa, now that is just plain weird. Have never seen anything like that before.

  4. love the video, a cat is a cat is a cat, as far as I am concerned, but he would take some getting used too.
    Love your rhyme as well.

  5. I want the cat....As always....XOXOOXOOX

  6. I hope the 2 faced cat and opera singing parrot live happily ever after, going to give my cats some loving now, theyre not as weird as i once thought

  7. What an amazing kitty! I can't believe how long this one has lived, too; twenty is old for any cat, let alone one with two faces.
    Great post!

  8. Ah, the follow up to the rare animal study. You put my vocabulary to shame with this one.

    (Like the return to the old style font, by the way.)

  9. i have seen a two head cow but a cat that is something else thank you for sharing and God bless

  10. Wow! A two headed cat - amazing how nature works sometimes. Like Roy,I've seen a 2 headed calf but this beats all.


  11. Your poetry always delights, but this one educates as well. I do enjoy acrostics.

  12. @Pat Hatt - I totally agree! Interesting but strange it would be. :)

    @Anna - I would definitely imagine it since I'm a twin, but the chances of that "siamese" cat are pretty darn slim!

    @BlogNostics - :)

    @Mary - I've never seen anything like it before either! :)

    @Jan - Yep, a cat is a cat, but this one is lucky to be alive at the very least. Too cool.

    @Bongo - Awwww, you are the sweet type that would take him in too, aren't you. :)

    @Larry - I'm glad I could help prove your cats to be normal... or semi-normal. LOL. :)

    @Bryan - Uhm... dare I admit I used a special dictionary? I think you can pull more big words out of your head than I can. :)

    @Roy - Wow! A two headed cow? I would like to see that.

    @Mari - You too? Are two headed cow's common or something? I may have to google it. :)

  13. Rachel,

    That is so cool that someone saw beyond the kittens physical deformities... The kitty looks well loved..


  14. i saw that cat on the news the other day...i wont lie it freaked me out a bit...but i am glad it has someone to love it...

  15. Loved it Rach..and the wonderful links!

  16. Wow..! I don't have many word for that!
    A strange yet very magnificent cat!
    Nature never ceases to amaze me,
    In all it's wierd diversity!

  17. Fun post, Rachel! Sort of like a crazy, online zoo you've created by bringing them all together -- haha!

  18. Hi Rachel what an awesome poem and an amazing video. Thanks so much for your Smiley Sociology Study. Hope you are well!

  19. how amazing and simply wonderful you were so right to keep him and care so deeply for this wonderful cat

  20. Rare Animals! How cute! Really enjoyed this and all the work you put into it... come a little closer, I need to whisper something so no one can hear... I don't want them all thinking I talk bad about others.... You know that cat in the video? I just thought you should know.... he's two-faced.....

  21. Loved it Rachel...I love animals of any kind.
    my link:http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fmotifsonthewall.blogspot.com%2F2011%2F10%2Fyoutube-tuesday_14.html%3Fspref%3Dfb&h=0AQBzdCRHAQDzr5LTeak_kv72xtB4GqW5FHChlGtsmDwr5w

  22. @blognostics - I totally agree about the deformity. I'm so glad his mom found him and that love seems to surround him. :)

    @Brian - I had a hard time not staring with my mouth open. :)

    @Corrine - I'm glad you enjoyed the links. :)

    @Jessica - What a cute little rhyme for your comment this time! :)

    @Dangerous Linda - Hehe. I've got zoo's everywhere. Both online and in person, weird animals are part of my fan fare. :)

    @JANU - Thank you!

    @Bee - Thanks for visiting and thanks for joining in the Smiley Sociology Study!

    @Ann - Well, thanks for that, but he's not MY cat. :)

    @Johnallenrichter - Hahaha. You're a funny guy. :P

    @The Orange Tree - Thanks for stopping by. Sorry I haven't been to the poets' rally to say hi. :)

    @Alpana - I love animals of all kinds too, but I'm not sure if I'd have rescued this one myself... you?

    @Gautami - I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

  23. Pretty cool and weird at the same time :)



Rhyming or not, I would like a lot to hear the thoughts my words brought...