Catching the Stars

Catching a star,
Is a difficult thing,
They dare not get close,
To the cat who is king.

Sleeping cat,
Can run for miles,
It’s the stars that get tired,
As the cat smiles.

I’ll get them soon,
Before the start of this day,
But the stars keep dodging,
And running away.

Maybe another night,
Another night soon,
The cat will sleep sounder,
And catch the moon.

Chasing the stars,
Is a tiring thing.

- TET 2004

Catching the Stars

etourist

Gawler, Australia

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Artist's Description

These verses were originally meant to be additional verses to my 1999 poem The Dream Chaser but although they address a similar theme I felt they evoked much more active imagery. Hence I separated them into a poem in their own right.

The poem contemplates the stars from a cats point of view (how does a cat perceive the stars?) believing those little twinkling specks could be chased if they could be reached.

By the time I wrote this poem I had already created two cat artworks, The Dream Chaser and, a year later, The Watcher both inspired by the first poem. I felt these two artworks were quite strong and wanted to produce more paintings but those original nine lines weren’t enough to keep my imagination going.

I sat down and wrote ‘Catching the Stars’ and used it as inspiration for seven more cat themed artworks which I exhibited online in 2004-2005 for three months on their own dedicated exhibition web site called ‘Sleeping Cats’.

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