Ode to Spot

by Commander Data

Disclaimer: Paramount owns it. This was from Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode #131: Schisms.

Ode to Spot

Felis catus is your taxonomic nomenclature

An endothermic quadruped, carnivorous by nature

Your visual, olfactory, and auditory senses

Contribute to your hunting skills and natural defenses.

I find myself intrigued by your sub-vocal oscillations

A singular development of cat communications

That obviates your basic hedonistic predilection

For a rhythmic stroking of your fur to demonstrate affection...

A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents.

You would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance

And when not being utilized to aid in locomation

It often serves to illustrate the state of your emotion.

Oh, Spot, the complex levels of behavior you display

Connote a rather well developed cognitive array

And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend

I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend...

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