Thoroughly Poetic Thursday



‘Allo Mon Amis!


It is moi….your friendly ginger poet back again with today’s poem in honor of the letter “T” !

There are a bazillion things that start with the letter “T” so deciding on just one to write my poem this week was tricky and tough………..but then the lightbulb lit over my little head and I realized that my “T” poem could only be about one thing.    I hope you like it!



by Sammy Kimmell, 10/27/16

When I was in the shelter

Just a little tiny baby

I kept seeing humans come into the cat room

I kept hoping and thinking “maybe” !

But not a soul was interested in me

They’d look and then they’d go

The shelter lady said it was because of my extra toes!

People thought I was deformed

Can you imagine that?

How silly can humans sometimes be

About a polydactyl cat!

She said I was a “Hemingway”

Which made me quite unique

I was healthy and very happy

And worth more than just a peek!

My Mom and Dad saw me that day

Mom knew about extra toes

She loved me the instant she saw me

My ginger fur and tiny pink nose.

My toes were just a bonus

Just much more of me to love……

I cuddled right up into her neck

And knew that I’d found LOVE.

(I was adopted by Mom and Dad on February 5, 2000 from the shelter)

Well now, that was fun to write – I’ve always been proud of my extra toes – wanna see some photos?   Of course you do…………….I’ve got a LOT of photos of my toesies!    Remember, next Thursday we will celebrate the letter “U”………………now that one will be a toughie!


Sammy Superstar

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59 responses »

  1. Ah, toesies, sweet … you know, I wrote about “body parts”, too! Cause for me “T” is for “toof” …! Yeah, my infamous toof! I luvs the letter “T”, so stop by to see what I wrote abouts me …
    luv ya, Sammy.
    Your friend, Zoey. Happy Thursday.


    • Zoey I love your toof – it gives you a totally unique purrrrrsonality! I’m on my way to check out your toofie poem now. Thanks for pawticipating in Thursday Poetry – when we finish the alphabet we’re going to START ALL OVER AGAIN!!!!

      Love, Sammy


  2. We love extra tosies. Our Angel Cousin Rufus had extra tosies. Also we read somewhere that sailors of olden times thought extra toed cats were lucky and would keep them on their ships! Love your poem


  3. Nothing wrong with an extra digit or two. There was a pitcher for the Florida Marlins back in the day named Antonio Alfonseca who had 12 fingers and 12 toes! The only drawback I see to an extra appendage is not really knowing which finger is the middle one…


  4. Sammy, that people who walked away as you were in the shelter were blind… If I would look for a kitty, the one with the hemingway paws would be THE ONE for me. I love your paws, they make you to a special cat… and your pawrents were the ones who noticed that immeow-diately… they have an eye for the special things of this world!!!

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    • Thanks Easy! I think you’re right – the people who turned away from me at the shelter would have been NOT NICE to live with – the fact my parents fell in love with me the instant they saw me meant that they were THE ONES. Almost 17 years later that has proven to be TOTALLY TRUE!!!!

      Love, Sammy


    • Oh how interesting! Shipcat makes a lot of sense because I think that’s how we arrived in the US originally – we were on board old sailing ships as pets and started a colony or two or three and now we are EVERYWHERE! The biggest single colony is still in Florida at Ernest Hemingway’s old homestead there – it’s a cat sanctuary and museum. Lots of descendants from Hemingway’s original polydactyl kitties still live there.

      Hugs, Sammy

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  5. Our Whiskers was a Hemingway Cat, we loved his extra toes. He could almost use them like a thumb. He managed to open lots of things for himself and Socks.

    We forgot to do a poem, well we remembered but the Mom forgot but in honor of Socks we will attempt a short poem here.

    Socks is a lovely grey striped tabby
    He isn’t the least bit flabby
    He doesn’t live in an abbey
    but he has a friend named Abbie
    You won’t catch him riding in a cabbie
    and he isn’t very gabby
    his coat isn’t shabby
    He is just a purrfect tabby!

    We will put Mom to work writing Unicorns for next week.

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    • What a SUPER DUPER poem!!!! Whiskers sounds like he was a very clever guy who learned to use his thumbs quite well… thing I’ve found is easier is making a “scoop” with my paw to get a drink of water. With a thumb, you have a nice little “enclosed cup” in your paw so drinking like that is easy peasy! Thanks for writing a poem for Poetic Thursday -I’m looking forward to seeing your UNICORN one next week!

      Hugs, Sammy


  6. We LOVED that poem, Sammy! Your extra toesies are so cute….well, all of you is cute! We are so fortunate to have found happy, loving homes, aren’t we? I know it was hard to wait at the shelter, but SO worth it for just the right folks to find you and fall head-over-heels in love with you!
    Love, Sundae


  7. Sammy bless your sweet heart. My word humans can be so crazy…BUTTTT on the bright side your TOES lead you to your peeps hearts. I have a secret…shhhh…don’t tell my Dad’s middle two toes on one foot are twins. YEP My mom has a cousin with those toes on both feet twins and Dad had an uncle with twin toes. Dad was surprised that mom knew all about twin toes when the met. First thing out of mom’s mouth when my sis was born is does she have twin toes. LOL Mom really expected them to be twins.
    Beautiful poem my handsome ginger friend!! I have a toe poem today too.
    Hugs madi your bfff

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    • Twin toes is just as special as extra ones! I’ve never known of anyone with twins and I think that’s totally cool. All of us – animals AND peeps – are special in some way. Isn’t it GREAT? I’ll take a peekie at your toe poem today and thanks for playing along!

      Love, Sammy


  8. We’re glad your Mom and Dad realized how special you are! We can’t imagine anyone who would think your extra toes were bad. When Mom met Dad he had a kitty named Fooz who had extra toes. Fooz was a cool cat and lived to be almost 21!

    The Florida Furkids


    • Gosh Miss Pix……I love you too and Mom says you are a super fabulous friend too and she’s right. I quite like my toes – Mom said it was the FIRST thing she noticed about me other than the fur on top of my head stuck straight up. Thankfully my baby hair gave way to nice sleek gingerness!!!!

      Love and Hugs, Sammy


  9. Oh cousin – you use your extra toes for good…. I wish I could say the same for our Hemingway here who likes to use his to slap my fanny – snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon


  10. Mee-you Sammy yur poe-em iss furabuluss!!!
    Mee will rite a poe-em to sellybrate Hallowe’en:

    While Hu’manss run about fur a nite,
    tryin to give otherss a BIG fright
    Just fur sum candy
    which iss quite dandy..
    Wee KATSS have all year
    to get TREETSS so deer!!!
    All wee do iss a littul TRICK
    an out come TREETSS reely quik!!!!

    bye Siddhartha Henry thee Poe-etick Purrince =^,.^=

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  11. OMC, Sammy you were adopted on the same day as our mom’s birthday, February 5. How cool is that! We’ll never forget your gotcha day now! We loved your poem today very much. We think you should publish a book of poetry!


  12. Sammy, I can’t believe anyone would think extra toes were bad. You are so adorable and I love all these photos showing off those cute toesies. You got the best Mom and Dad ever! Great poem.XO


  13. We are so happy you liked our poem about you. When we thought “T,” Teaser was the first thing that came to mind. We can’t believe that we didn’t even think to mention those extra toes. Mom is thinking she might have to write an additional stanza. Thanks for challenging us each week. “U” is going to be really tough. If anyone wants to read our poem, they can do so at you bunches, Sammy! XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista J


    • I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE your poem……….thank you so much for writing it – I love it tons. I agree that “U” is going to be difficult. I’m going to put on my thinking cap NOW and hopefully something will come to me between now and then!!!

      Hugs, Sammy


    • I know – – they just didn’t know what they were missing walking right by me at the shelter but I’m glad they did because the RIGHT PEOPLE (Mom and Dad) came in and saw me and I wound up where I was SUPPOSED to!

      Love, Sammy


  14. What a poem, Sammy. You remember so much from your kithood. Your picture with the beret makes you truly look like a French poet. We love it and Kali gets all dreamy eyed when she sees your picture. MOL

    PS: The sunglasses make you look like a movie star.


  15. When I was a child one of our cats had kittens and when we saw those extra toes, we did think they were deformed! We later found out it was a very good thing, and I would love to have another Hemingway cat again some day!
    We’re so glad that your Mom knew about the toes, Sammy, and you ended up right where you were supposed to be!


    • Yes……I’m glad about that too. Those people who passed me up just will never know what a special little guy I was and turned out to be…………so there……….all things happen for a REASON!

      Love, Sammy


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