An Observation of My Cats

An Observation of My Cats
An Observation of My Cats

An Observation of My Cats

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Cat’s paws race and dare

the balance of living room

chair whose slightly stained fabric

provides a claws home

topple to ground with scurry

to run away from their crime.

 

Preparing to pounce

to elevate their haunches

kneading the floor as they stare

before the attack

unblinking at opponent

seconds before a scuffle.

 

Evening companions

follow behind every step

work to make life worth living

to them a cat’s game

follow me I’ll follow you

to end curled up in a nap.

 

Pursuits of pleasure

a late afternoon frolic

with loosely rolled ball of yarn

a seasonal red

soon to find itself undone

provides the net for the play.

 

II

Hours just staring

out of living room window

following the path of birds

wind on front yard trees

large and small dogs who walk by

owners looking to the ground.

 

Take the time to groom

much of the day lost in bath

to scrub again with rough tongue

not a spot is missed

one of many episodes

a compulsion to stay clean.

 

Do I have a place

among this lifestyle of cats

a member of their clowder?

Provider of food?

Warm body to take a nap?

Lifelong friends and companions?

 

The serious one

who constantly vacuums dust

never watching fair bird flight

momentary cluck

evolutionary trick

are they teaching me to hunt?

 

III

Cat observations

there is Carl Sandburg’s fog feet

Eliot’s practical guide

to cat’s of all breeds

for centuries poets muse

deep thought about the feline.

 

I am as grateful

as each cat is to full bowl

for when they curl on my lap

to help read a book

move close and begin to purr

diminish this loneliness.

 

Their purpose seems sound

where I have searched a lifetime

and pray to find every day

answers lie within

each cat limb as it stretches

their backs reaching to the sky.

 

They observe my life

absorb my daily schedule

pay attention when around

do they ask questions?

Know importance of actions

to do what needs to be done?

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Jamie Lee Hamann

My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website simplepoetics.weebly.com. The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

3 thoughts on “An Observation of My Cats

  • October 29, 2021 at 11:11 PM
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    I often wonder what cats are thinking as they observe us and life. You have created a great visual image of the ways of a cat. I enjoyed the poems very much. Well done, Jamie.

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  • October 31, 2021 at 6:44 AM
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    Thank you Phyllis by three felines are always forcing me to pay attention to them. Jamie

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