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!
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
crouched down low to the brown
brown carpet of earth
among the tall grass
of dining chair legs
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.