C

Cat was always my “C” letter:
when a cat sat, its back was a “C”;

but like a cat
“C” was ambiguous
sometimes hard,
sometimes soft:
“cease” had the soft “C”;
“crease” the hard “C”.

Then there was the confusion with “S”:
was it “defense” or “defence”?

and then C’s involvement with the whole
“I” before “E” except after “C” thing —
I felt betrayed.

“C” was a pretty slippery customer;
it taught me a lesson:
cats are all soft and purry and furry
but they also have flaws:
watch out for their teeth:
beware of their claws.

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wordcurrents/ Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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