Cat Poetry from our Poetry Collection “Two by Two”:  Poem 31. Domestic

Cat Poetry from our Poetry Collection “Two by Two”: Poem 31. Domestic

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Today’s post is an excerpt from our collection of poetry, Two by Two: Into the White. It is available for purchase for just 99 cents on Amazon!

31. domestic

rounded mountain back
dip of concave shoulder blades

swish, swish, flick
periscope tail never wags

soft paws, rough tongue
white chin, green eyes

eighteen claws, twenty-three whiskers
lick, lick, lick, never done

stripes and spots standing on end
watching, listening

crouched down low to the brown
brown carpet of earth

among the tall grass
of dining chair legs

The Inspiration

cat, feline, domestic shorthair

The inspiration for this poem was Billy, the Most AMAZING Cat!. We’ve been family for nearly eight years now and I have spent a lot of time just observing his movements. That might sound creepy to some extroverts, but to introverts, observing is our number one hobby. The introduction to the “nature” section of Two by Two reads as follows:

dogs and deserts and domestic shorthairs
dancing on the mother earth

daring to do, to live, to be
while we admire and provide rationale

I think that really captures why we love animals so much. This poem is a vignette of Bill as he goes about his business. He doesn’t worry about how others perceive him. He doesn’t second guess himself. He just is.

A great lesson for us humans.

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Two by Two: Into the White (FREE Excerpt)

Two by Two: Into the White (FREE Excerpt)

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Alternating between eager optimism and somber reclusion, Two by Two: Into the White examines morality and neuroses, agony and peace. The couplets transport readers from the sunny arroyos of the Sonoran Desert to the darkest, dampest corners of the human mind.

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Please enjoy this free excerpt from my book: Two by Two: Into the White.

into the white

gray paws sink deep into
the blanket of powder snow

gaze flickers between brother, sister
mother, father, patrolling their positions

all of their honey-gold eyes fixed on the
immense bison, he does not cower

dignified to his last, outweighing
the wolves combined

together they leap
a mass of growling gray fur

soaring at the neck
of the regal beast

he remains standing
as they wrestle and rip

his thick molasses fur
an insufficient defense

a groan escapes it before
snapping jaws succeed

the bison falls, surrendering
to the white snow

eerie howling reverberates
into the night
 

Thoughts on “Into the White”

Many poems in the collection feature a desert setting; this couplet is just the opposite. I wanted to capture the intense power of nature, of the wild, that is so captivating to human beings. We often feel cut off from nature, living in our cities and shopping at our grocery stores.

Then we visit nature, either through television or by visiting a national park, and some primal awareness clicks on in our brains from an earlier time. An ancient memory, perhaps from when we were hunters and gatherers, is triggered and the result is an inexplicable sense of déjà vu.

 

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Haiku: Rust Red

Haiku: Rust Red

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past the rust red arch

 

road curves through the evergreen

 

azure sky abounds

 

The poem was inspired by our visit to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah in 2015. Specifically it was inspired by this photo:

bryce canyon, utah, nature, arch
 
 

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Paper Airplanes

Paper Airplanes

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The Enchanted Paper

 

Fifteen more minutes until the bell,

What shall we do after show and tell?

 

In a folder, lies an old worksheet,

Maybe we can fold and pleat

 

To make the paper into something more:

An agile airplane that will soar.

 

Like the birds that fly above

Like an eagle or a dove

 

To take us off the ground in flight

A nine year old becomes a Brother, Wright.

 

-Z.Y. Doyle

 

 

This poem was inspired by:

Swallow Paper Airplane

Swallow

Favorite plane that really looks like a bird.

Instructions HERE.

 

Nakamura Lock

Nakamura Lock

Made this after reading about it in Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus by Tom Angleberger.

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Take special note of Step 3. When folding wings, the edge of wing must be even with bottom of the plane.

 

A Word on Paper Plane Technique

Successful flight depends on a gentle release!

Throw it like you are launching a baby bird into flight. Throw firmly, but tenderly.

 

What is your favorite type of paper airplane? Do you have any fun paper airplane stories? Please post any comments or questions below.

 

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Ever-changing

Ever-changing

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Life is not an exact science

To be analyzed, poked, and prodded

It will laugh as your best-laid plan

Comes unknotted

 

Life rollicks and frolics

Dazes and amazes

Watching you go

Through all of your phases

 

Straining and aging

Waxing and waning

Then one day, we vanish

Simple matter, ever-changing

-Z.Y. Doyle

 
 
 

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