“On Falling in Love”
I wish to be entranced again, but strange, at eighty-one
such wonderful existence might not please my tiger cat.
There’s milk to pour, attentive rubs; his grooming in the sun.
I fear my new-found lover might mistake me for a rat.
My days now spent with choices made. There’s some things she’ll allow:
There’s combing and at least one trip to buy her condiments.
There’s money spent, my last red cent, for kitty’s new Meow.
My table might be meager while I keep her purr content.
That Trudy Fat Cat with her paws might cause a brief surprise
between us two who would be pals creates calamity.
For fur that flies before my eyes, romance is not advised.
And so I’ll say goodbye to my insane idolatry.
A fourteen liner can have any number of lines, but each line should have fourteen syllables. Traditionally, each line has seven iambic feet (i.e., an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable, times seven), but non-iambic fourteeners also exist. The Fourteener was popular in 16th and 17th century English ballads.