Foraging around the falderal at my local thrift store, (I am starting to feel like they stock it just for me!) I found this wonderful gem:
“Listen to the Warm” Written and performed by Rod McKuen
On the back of the album is his historic poem, A Cat Name Sloopy — in three parts. It’s a poem Rod Mckuen penned during an unprecedented burst of love for his cat, Sloopy. And a poem, I might add, that catapulted Rod McKuen to superstar poetic status back in the halcyon days of unflinchingly serious, popular poetry.
Here are some excerpts from that historic poem with a few observations of my own.
“For a while the only earth that Sloopy knew was in her sandbox”
Just a quick heads up, Rod, kitty litter works better.
Every night she’d sit in the window among the avocado plants waiting for me to come home (my arms full of canned liver and love)
Excuse me . . .Rob? . . . you dropped a whole bunch of love coming up the stairs. (By the way, I hope you didn’t buy avocados, the grove in the window sill is finally producing!)
We talked into the night then, contented but missing something
Uh . . . could it have been Sloopy’s side of the conversation?
She the earth she never knew, and me the hills I ran while growing bent
Oh that . . . well, I hear calcium can help that.
Sloopy should have been a cowboy’s cat with prairies to run not linoleum
Good call Rod! And that’s why linoleum should be banned once and for all!
I never told her, but in my mind, I was a midnight cowboy even then. Riding my imaginary horse down Forty-second Street . . .
What? You love doing that? Me too! OMG!
Going off with strangers to live an hour-long cowboy’s life but always coming home to Sloopy, who loved me best.
Wait. . . what? . . . hold the phone . . . Rod . . . Rod! No more beer for you. Why don’t you go to bed now and see if you can’t sleep it off. What’s that? You can’t sleep because Sloopy keeps slapping her paws walking around on the linoleum? Well, just listen to the warm . . Rod . . .that’s right . . . listen to the warm . . . .
Meanwhile, I’ll see if I can get a call into the president so he can do something about the linoleum. And tomorrow you can start working on your next album. What are you going to call it? What’s that, Rod? You’re going to call it, Smell the Humidity?
I love it!
Until next time . . . I love you