MOSTLY CATS

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ducklings and mother
marching to the swimming pool
shooing cats away

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big bushy gray tail
sprints up a telephone pole
skyway of wires

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gliding over white
waves of glistening water
waves of long white wings

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above sandstone cliffs
sea birds swoop, spiral, and soar
swells of rising heat

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late, late night racket
cats in my kitchen– God, no
not the coffee pot!

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distant crows flying
through a long scroll of parchment
strokes of sumi ink

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a flock of blackbirds
scatters like ashes on wind
first sign of goshawks

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trapped in warm amber
yawning off chores and errands
summer nap with cats

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late night crickets jam
a marquee of fireflies
Moon is wide awake

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peaches in season
cats napping in the sun– war
just a thought away

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young jay flutters down
inches from a feral cat
one in every flock

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outdoor cats visit
my cats at the window screen
touching forbidden

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a firefly glows
brighter than the rest… my jar
lies broken at home

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I toss banana
peels into the brown thicket
explodes into fawns

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tangles of branches
the sheen of dark gazing eyes
barely visible

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the rent has risen
jenny wren and her children
evicted again

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dragonflies mating
in erratic mid-air flight
the Metre High Club

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monks with curling tails
sit and offer mindful alms
in their zen garden

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at the tea garden
cursing squirrels try unwrapping
rice paper wrapped sweets

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brave flags of iris
all along the battlements
ninja deer appear

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snap-snap of cat ears
snare of a double wing-beat
wakes the others

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goddess of bread crumbs
birds sigh at the barren yard
since you sold the house

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robins clamour “Thief!”
two crows make a run for it
posse in pursuit

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grasshoppy bambis
skip along a garden wall
mom points out goodies

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tiny fawns leap up
playing tag with hummingbirds
mothers forage on

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birdsong everywhere
harp music from my felines
clawing the screen door

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woodpeckers pecking
wife chopping chicken for cats
sonorous morning

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my house cats practice
their Avian language skills
on bemused robins

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hissing and stumbling
calls out crows to bring it on
my cat-nip drunkard

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the cold second month–
robins sneak in spring early
for my wife’s birthday

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lumps of bean pastry
stretch and yawn and lie around
dreaming of tuna

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oh, my lucky cats!
chasing only moths and string
not job interviews

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I’m underemployed
watching frogs splash all about
and so overjoyed!

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outside raucous jays
alight to heckle and tease
my aging house cats

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mallard swims by
her long wake shining with pearls
from the winter sun

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red shields swarm outside
my warriors guard the windows
no leaf gains entry

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evening prayer
cat kneels on my lap, solemnly
bows to the altar

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the Hallelujah
Chorus has nothing on cats
singing for breakfast

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cats sleepy and stretching;
even a swooping monarch
would not arouse them

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here lives, says a doe,
four locked-up frustrated cats
let’s shake rumps at them

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next door has roses
I leave their gate wide open
so deer can drop by

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pre-dawn a-Go-Go
Little Latin Lupe Lu
yowls for her breakfast

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dogs grumble how good
cats have it—cats listen, yawn
sympathetically

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a generation
of fawns soon to be wobbling
after their mothers

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a climber gets stuck
hang in there, Sloopy, hang on!
pull claws from screen door

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what I did today?
Sloopy needed a sofa
to sleep and purr on

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cat sleeps by my head
ready to catch any mice
or birds in my dreams

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chipmunk studies me
jots down random imagery
counts his syllables

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small, self-effacing
plain as the hills, jenny wren,
–but she sure can sing!

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ballerina deer
not as supple as before
fat with genesis

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gripping a loquat
listening to jays gossip
a squirrel shakes his head

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above rushing cars
perching on a power line
two jays are snogging

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Loki gives lessons
on how to use the sandbox
grandbaby nods off

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a storm of seagulls
careening in dimming skies
an ocean borne chill

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morning, when I poop
big blacktail buck bangs his nose
against my window

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squirrels on power line
a tightrope exhibition
no safety net

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cat sleeps on my chest
tea cozy enfolds my heart
nights still like winter

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babies singing out
birds on branches singing out
leaves sway in rhythm

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tree cave in the woods
all ready to move into
wi-fi, bed and cats

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wife and her four cats
snuggle to radiant heat
she purrs, dreams of fish

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three rings to begin
morning prayer and wake Fluff
curled in the bell bowl

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blankets put away
too warm to curl on my lap
I grudge spring coming

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cat in the headlights
scuds beneath a parked car
mine are safe at home

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sitting in milkweed
my tabbies chat anxiously
with shy, young robins

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glisequins of sun
tiny bright souls of finches
shimmer thru treetops

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robins, finches, jays —
an embarrassment of wealth
brightening my yard

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cat at window sill
fur glosses with winter sun
as the earth bows east

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season of shedding
arrives — I vacuum enough
to make three more cats

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squirrel sits on a branch
holding his android device
checks the hawk report

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waxwings brag and fight
magpies get maudlin, crows weep
pyracantha bar

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a perfect still day
the laundry line snaps and sways
shadows of blue jays

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2015 Copyright Bruce Jewett