Feline Reconnaissance

I had a plan for a quiet night in.

Don’t you just love those opportunities to get into your pjs, put on a movie and enjoy some quality time on the couch? I got home a bit early and have tried to kick back and relax, but my cat has had other ideas. She has been set on disturbing the peace.

Normally happy to lay on my lap, this evening has been different. She has been very talkative and has undertaken more reconnaissance trips than usual. I’m not sure what it is she’s been seeking but I have my suspicions that the neighbour’s cat has been by today so she’s been on the lookout for his return, and eager to remind me (repeatedly!) what a cheeky ginger boy he is to sit outside and taunt her.

So I left the comfort of the couch and got up and involved with other things around the house. She was undaunted – her circuits and chatting continued on.

And yet, as I finish this post I notice she is now curled up and snoozing…and I can’t help but smile at her peacefulness.

The cat is pacing
Scanning windows for movement
In restless rhythm

© Leah Dowsett 2012


Cinquain Cat

After my last post a bleader asked me the question “Have you tried your hand at the cinquain?”.
The cinq-what?

Thanks to trusty wikipedia I learnt all about this type of poetry via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinquain. Basically, the style is the creation of a Ms Adelaide Crapsey using 5 lines with accents of 2, 4, 6, 8, and 2 syllables. (And I think coming up with a haiku can be tricky!!) It seems there are lots of variations too with names like “crown”, “garland” and “butterfly” – trust writers to give them such labels.

So, always up for a literary challenge, here is today’s offering in the form of a cinquain instead of a haiku. Are you up for trying your hand at something different too? Go on, stretch yourself!
(And if you’re interested, that bleader’s blog is: http://literaryarms.wordpress.com/.)

The cat lies still
As sunshine warms her fur
And makes me jealous of her pose:

© Leah Dowsett 2012

A beautiful day

Sunday laziness /

Sleeping, eating, patting cat /

I can’t help but smile

© Leah Dowsett 2011

Closeness despite sickness

Cat asleep on bed /

My constant companion /

Love in a fur coat

© Leah Dowsett 2011

The cat igloo

Puddy is put out /

Disturbed by my restlessness /

Forced to sleep elsewhere

© Leah Dowsett 2011

Sleep deprivation

Persistent coughing /

Shakes me, the bed and the cat /

Truly exhausting

© Leah Dowsett 2011

An older cat

Kitty on my lap /

Head fell sideways in her doze /

My laughing woke her

© Leah Dowsett 2011

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