For today’s Poetry Friday, I am sharing with you a poem by Marjorie Allen Seiffert that fits for our current theme on A Game of Thrones: Blue Bloods, Queenship, and Aristocracy. If you like Arthurian legends and enjoy reading a story with a good twist, then you’ll like Seiffert’s poem. To read more poems, visit the Poetry Friday round-up hosted this week by Keri at Keri Recommends.
The King Sends Three Cats to Guinevere
Marjorie Allen Seiffert
Three sleek and silent cats
Bring you gifts from me.
The first is a grey one,
(I wanted a white one,
I could not find one snowy enough
He brings you purple grapes.
The second is a grey one,
(I wanted a sleek one,
Where could I find one sleek enough
He brings you a red apple.
The third one, too, is grey.
(I wanted a black one,
Not Hate itself could find one black enough,
He brings you poison toadstools.
I sent you three grey cats with gifts—
(For uniformity of metaphor,
Since Bacchus, Satan, and the Hangman
Are not contemporaneous in my mythology)
I send you three grey cats with gifts,
To warn you, sleekly, silently,
To pay the forfeit.