Tuesday, October 03, 2006

To Meow or not to Meow

To be able to speak or not to speak is most important.

From the Tao of Meow by Waldo Japussy.

If you can utter the one true sound,
You have found the way.
Some humans call the way "the Tao."
All I know is it rhymes with Meow.
And when I say, "Meow," I want my way.
Whether I speak it or not, it is the one true sound,
Because it lets me get my way.

Meow is the beginning of all things,
The source of everything I want.
I don't actually need all things,
Although some humans think they do.
Food, shelter, catnip, and mice to catch
Are enough for me.
Although-- I will admit__
It's nice to have someone provide these things for me.

I do not know their names -- they are the Nameless Ones.
I just call them "Meow."
Meow. They come. They open the door.
I don't know how they do it.
But they do. They know the Meow.

Through the Meow, it is possible to perceive the Subtle.
Through the Meow, it is possible to get what you want.
The Tao of Meow--
The way to get the best of both worlds.

And when I have the best of both,
I lie down on a simple blanket
And contemplate the profound__
Even that which is more profound than the profound,
More subtle than and subtlety__
The purr of perfection
Which is the door to all contentment.



  1. it is best to meow when the beans are in bed and just falling asleep - then meow really loud and they get up and come running - 'acause you nefurr meow when they are awake, so somefing must be wronng. it is, i need a cuddle. - Sammy

  2. wow. there is no better way to say it.

  3. Anonymous2:40 PM

    hooray fur the MEOW - excellent!

    how are you today purrty Angie?

  4. I love the poem. I never shut up...but I especially loved the line: "Whether I speak it or not, it is the one true sound,
    Because it lets me get my way."

    I may try mental manipulation after reading this!

  5. Anonymous3:44 PM

    Oh, that is great. Here at the 2Bs house a single Meow gets Mom to jump up and do our bidding. That's why we call her our Mewomie.

  6. This is so absolutely true!

    CalicoMom Toni

  7. Very profound. It must be poetry week or something, I have a poem up too. But yours is very thought-provoking. I used to hardly meow at all when I had a sister, but now I talk to my humans all the time. Usually they can work out what I am meowing about, but sometimes they are too stupid to understand.

  8. Efurry petbean should read this!


  9. Very deep, almost Zen like.

  10. I talks to Momma all dah time. She udderstand most of dah time. BUT sometimes she TOTALLY misses my point.



  11. I can't meow - but my grunt and thump speak volumes.

  12. Meow Meow Meow Meow Meow

  13. Me-ow.
    Meow, meow.
    {silent meow}