Natural Causes (2022 NaPoWriMo #07)

May might be here but I’m still working through the NaPoWriMo – 30 Poems in 30 Days prompts since I discovered them late.

Prompt 07

Write a poem that challenges a proverb.

After a bit of googling on proverbs I decided to go with one that I’ve explored recently in another poem: “Curiosity killed the cat”

Natural Causes

It is said that Curiosity killed the cat, but I’ve got it on good authority that the cat died from Natural Causes.

If it had been “Curiosity killed the kitten” I wouldn’t have batted a lash. Kittens are so playful and get into all kinds of trouble.

Or even more probable would have been “Curiosity killed the puppy”. A sad thought, but not surprising given their propensity to run amok.

In fact, I’d much more believe that the cat killed Curiosity. It wasn’t premeditated, but it was a well orchestrated attack based on poor little Curiosity trying to catch its tail.

But don’t fret, Curiosity is okay. The puppy, kitten are also unharmed as there is no dead body at the scene. All is well it seems.

Unless the cat disposed of the bodies. That’s surely possible. Oh, what a tragedy we’ve discovered. Clearly the moral of this story is to beware the cat!

You might be wondering how the cat could have died from Natural Causes and also been guilty of the triple murder of Curiosity, the kitten, and the puppy?

The answer of course is the old saying that cats have nine lives. The question is do you convict a murderous cat for crimes committed during its previous life? As far as I know this is a legal question that has not been resolved yet by the courts.

But what is my evidence that the cat died from Natural
Causes you might ask? Well, it’s quite simple. Natural Causes confessed to the killing. Apparently the cat was wailing about a long lost love in the middle of the night and Natural Causes through a heavy boot out the window to shut him up. It was cat slaughter, pure and simple. An open and shut case.

There you have it. Case solved.

Be well,



  1. Kate Duff says:

    I often wonder where proverbs come from, when I hear myself repeating an old proverb, thinking where did that come from? Endlessly fascinating to ponder.

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      It’s interesting. My mother in law has lived with us for our entire marriage and often told Chinese proverbs to the kids to try to get them to obey. It’s interesting to hear similar ideas from completely different directions. I think Grandma’s are the source of many proverbs! Haha.

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      1. Kate Duff says:

        Haha they are certainly the continuation of them that’s for sure

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  2. I’m with you on that. Poor Curiosity.

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