the cat of the house
where I am housesitting
does not settle for an easy way out
pushes for me to move ahead
and subjects my puzzle solutions to close scrutiny.
“close scrutiny will show that most ‘crisis situations’
are opportunities to either advance, or stay where you are.”
something about this reminds me of me with my morning coffee.
“without coffee, nothing gets written. period.”
got together at a friend’s house
for a night of catching up and relaxing
the cat seemed to be taking the mission very seriously
and is my idol.
‘life is one long process of getting tired.”
image credit: glen baxter, new yorker magazine
olive the cat not the oil
cooly waits beneath the tree
acting as though she has not even noticed
this new 6-foot thing in our living room
with lots of moving and dangling and twirling things on it
after i put it all up and walk away
she plans out her next day of play
knowing that i’ll be leaving for school
early in the morning.
“the cat is, above all things, a dramatist. ”
an encore can only last so long
eventually the stage is empty.
after an up and down week
bob seger, in today’s paper,
had just the right message.
glenn frey the rocker, (r.i.p.) and the eagles returning for one of many expected encores.
glenn frey the cat has returned for a very unexpected encore.
his doctor gave him a last minute reprieve
offered him another chance
with new protocols and fingers crossed.
it may not last long
he’s not in pain
and is purring again
so we’ll take it one encore at a time.
he and i were both equally surprised
olive took it all in stride.
glenn still has no idea how big he really is
the lumbering giant
thinks he’s a kitten
knocking over everything in his way
he’s lived at least 3 lives since i’ve known him
that means 6ish still to go
and he’s still not ready to leave the stage for good, just yet.
“the encore is the short piece after the program has finished,
where the performer brings out something the audience doesn’t expect.”