small talk

Katishaw, fearless Abyssinian, uncoils:
in one bound she is on the centipede
—well, she is there:
staring wide eyed at the rhythmic
scurry away from her claws.

If she were a traffic cop at a scene
she would be demanding I.D.
but here, the only law she is laying down
is herself: she lounges alert, adjusts,
shuffles her hind quarters ready to leap:

any self-respecting mouse would
be petrified or gone.
But the centipede ruffles on
unruffled across the rug escaping
the kitten’s short—hey, a mite of dust!

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wordcurrents/ Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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2 Responses to small talk

  1. danae mcC says:

    This is like a film, one frame after another so well drawn. “But the centipede ruffles on”. Perfect.

    Thanks!

    • riverwriter says:

      Katishaw, like her Abby predecessor, Calypso, is a fascinating specimen, a walking work of art. There have been other Katishaw poems posted here, and there will be more.

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