This Poem was Submitted By: Kenneth R. Patton On Date: 2006-01-04 13:23:32 . . . Click Here To Mail this Poem to a Friend!

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Parallel Lives

He had no meow at all when he came His mouth would open silently followed by  a comical squeak   I thought it was genetic but slowly, after years and years he learned  Proud and quite certain  he was making perfect sense   I finally realized, like myself, he suffered from low self esteem Thus connected we grew in parallel lives I learned to speak, as did he   I wonder who his therapist was?

Copyright © January 2006 Kenneth R. Patton

This Poem was Critiqued By: Mark Andrew Hislop On Date: 2006-02-06 14:25:04
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 9.71429
Ken Is this a real cat or does the cat stand in for someone you know? My brain seems permanently set to "over interpret". A cat with low self-esteem? Well not. One of my friends has their dog on prozac ... I wish I was joking. At least the cat got better. Therapist was probably himself, instead of trying to put all the conflicting signals from all his buddy-cats together, shake it up, and come up with an answer. Heeding his own counsel. Takes a strong cat to do that. Mark

This Poem was Critiqued By: Dellena Rovito On Date: 2006-02-02 16:48:20
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 9.33333
Kenneth, Love conquers all it seems. The meow they make is said only to people. Cats don't meow to each other. So he learned how to communicate to you. he was actully the therapist.....He had no esteem problems.[they aren't like us with huge egoes] good your cats! dellena
This Poem was Critiqued By: Thomas Edward Wright On Date: 2006-01-15 18:05:26
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 10.00000
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This Poem was Critiqued By: Claire H. Currier On Date: 2006-01-13 07:39:15
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 10.00000
Interesting read Poet....good title too.........did this feline friend just walk into your life? I have two of those at present, both males, both very is so affectionate, the other has to have control.....yet the affectionate one makes me laugh and lightens my darkest hours, the other keeps me on my toes......go figure...... Your word flow brings forth images of this cat, the sounds he or she make with the lack of meowing as a normal cat might do, the thoughts perhaps that this is what it should be for I have never done anything else and the acceptance.....the most important part, each of you accepted each other as you are and went from there......really nice read Poet, good thoughts to share with others. Thanks for posting, God Bless, hope this year brings you much joy. God Bless, Claire
This Poem was Critiqued By: Thomas H. Smihula On Date: 2006-01-10 06:24:26
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 9.00000
You have shown me the relationship two have helping each other becoming more the individual and having esteem within themselves. I feel like this is a real relationship you are communicating to us and that makes this a wonderful piece for it is from within. Feeling expressed and released on paper is one thing but to share it is another. Like the title for the two do parallel in this poem. Well done no suggestions wouldn't change a thing.
This Poem was Critiqued By: arnie s WACHMAN On Date: 2006-01-07 09:31:24
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 10.00000
As a (retired)therapist, I never realized that cat's had low self esteem. Perhaps there is some tranference here? My cat, now I think 10, has taken to squeeling like a baby who has been pricked with a pin. He's trying to tell me something. What is it? Cute piece. So, according to this piece I am going backwards (in time)?
This Poem was Critiqued By: Lora Silvey On Date: 2006-01-06 23:50:08
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 10.00000
Kenneth, This is structured for an easy read and is well penned. OH, poop, it is simply wonderful and I enjoyed it. Yes, it is strange what animals bring to us and us to them. Odd how we get matched up with our family friends. You wonder who his therapist is, you know him well my friend, you see his face in the mirror everytime you look in and as for you, he's been your therapist.... This type of bond is definitely one to be cherished. Thanks for the delightful read. Warmest always, Lora
This Poem was Critiqued By: DeniMari Z. On Date: 2006-01-05 21:44:49
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 1.00000
Dear Kenneth, I really enjoyed this, because of it's light humor attached to therapy, and esteem issues. The ending was my favorite part - I wonder who his therapist was, it adds the comic touch to the poem. I can tell you, I've had these issues, on and off again through my life - and I do sympathize with anyone that has low self esteem. It's not easy to overcome - and I personally believe that outside influences play a great part in diminishing esteem in someone who may have never had to realize exactly what it was. In any case, great read, you've lifted my spirits tonight. Thank you. sincerely, DeniMari
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