‘BILLY Cat and MAX Dog’ by Don Shook The Society May 3, 2015 Humor, Poetry 3 Comments Burrowed down in leaves of brown piled by the garden wall, our Billy cat dreamed of a rat he’d chased down through the hall. Up from the creek came Max the dog, exhausted from his run, but hearing purring at the wall resolved to have some fun. So with a most ferocious growl he charged in fierce delight, awakening the lazy thing who hastily took flight. With dry leaves rising in his wake, Bill scaled that garden wall, in such a way that others say seemed little feat at all. But Max, unable to slow down and thus abort attack, slid through the leaves like rows of sheaves and hit the wall kerwhack! Now Billy from his perch on high seemed vaguely unconcerned, the staggering pooch providing proof, a lesson had been learned.. So Billy licked a paw or two and curled up quite content; the purring cat concluding that the day had been well spent. Don Shook, past president of the Fort Worth Poetry Society and founder of The Actors Company, is a writer, actor, director and producer who worked with such stars as Dick Clark, Cybil Shepherd, and Debbie Reynolds. Formerly with the NBC “Tonight” show and ABC Daytime Television Casting with Mari Lyn Henry, he has performed in theatre, film and television across the country including opera at Carnegie Hall, New York and as resident performer at Casa Manana Musicals in Fort Worth and Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. His musical “A Thorn in the Thicket” was selected by ASCAP to be featured in the Outstanding New Musical Showcase in New York City and was recently produced at the Botanic Garden Theatre in Fort Worth. He is an award-winning author who recently published novels “Bluehole” and “Detour” and four poetry books, and was selected 2009 Senior Poet Laureate of Texas. Having produced and directed at three theatres in Branson, Missouri, The Crystal Palace Dinner Theatre in Dallas and numerous other theatres, his company, Don Shook Productions now offers shows ranging from murder mysteries to musical reviews.www.shookshows.com Image by loki11 (l’illustration Européenne 1872 no.28 page 224) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 3 Responses Shari Jo LeKane-Yentumi May 3, 2015 I love the lyrical lilt of the lyrics to the song-like story! Clever and catchy. Reply TJ Myers May 4, 2015 A wonderful poem as always… Blessings… Reply lisa February 6, 2020 The fact that the Sphynx is a hairless cat is only a small part of why we are Sphynx lovers. Sphynx cats and Sphynx kittens have very unique personalities. I really do not consider myself an owner of Frenchie, because really, my Sphynx cats and Sphynx kittens own me! Sphynx cats and Sphynx kittens love their owners unconditionally. The Sphynx has so much love to give and is willing to love anyone that will allow them into their lives. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.