Saturday, January 17, 2015

(Under) The Influence Of A Dreaming Cat

Stopped by a slant of sunlight.
I'm turning, turning, three times turning.
Siamese by gaslight.
Arching, stretching, curling, purring.

I wrestle your bell from my neck.
Silence its hateful jangle.
Push the door with the half loose latch
and slip the tangled knot

of all your no's.
I've got to go

show the mouse some teeth.

For Kerry's prompt at Real Toads

19 comments:

Fireblossom said...

Perfect!

Sylvia K said...

I love it!!!

Kenn Merchant said...

Wonderfully constructed and great points of authority towards cats.

howanxious said...

Sneaky, haughty and desiring escape... a cat's character is well sought out in your words. I liked the flow. Well-penned.
-HA

Susan said...

Hahaha!
I had a cat just like that.
SHe tried to influence the cat who has outlived her and me, too, but neither of us could do what she could do.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I can see that cat turning and turning......I simply loved this!

Kerry O'Connor said...

I love the narrative viewpoint - either poet turned cat or cat turned poet. I haven't had a relationship with a feline but I do find them enigmatic creatures.

Björn Rudberg said...

The mind of a cat is the hunger and sun.. The two stanzas contrasting showing how they charm us, and yes I've met people like this to.

hedgewitch said...

A killing metaphor here--and don't we all hide our teeth to the master and show them to the mouse? It's survival. Really well-written, MZ.

Sioux said...

I lovelovelove the line break between the 6th and 7th line.

Of course, the whole shebang is fabulous...

manicddaily said...

Ah! Freedom! K.

R.K. Garon said...

Yikes! You always scare me into a delightful place :-)
ZQ

whenspaceissilence said...

It took me under a dreaming-cat influence. Really well penned!

Margaret said...

…and she will be at your feet purring in the morning.

Magaly Guerrero said...

"show the mouse some teeth."

Love it!

Susie Clevenger said...

Free at last...this made me smile

... said...

"I wrestle your bell from my neck.
Silence its hateful jangle."

I first read "Silence" as a noun. Silence can be a hateful noise .

georgeplace2 said...

I had to send this to my niece and her husband, both cat parents. This is so spot on.

my heart's love songs said...

purr-fect! (sorry ~ i couldn't resist!) {smile}