Monday, 22 September 2008

Garden Drama

Sparrow-hawk falls from the sky
precision hunter, yellow eyes staring defiance,
pummels sparrow to extinction.

Domestic cat, disturbed by her internal tiger
leaps from the path with outstretched paws
wondering what is tiger for?

Sparrow-hawk sees only predator with claws
flies off, concedes defeat
returns to a hungry nest.

Overfed cat plays with sparrow, walks away,
tiger stripes blurring in her mind

to shimmering flames of domestic fire.

I realise its a while since I posted a poem and at the minute most of my writing is destined for other places, so here's an old one.....


BondBloke said...

I would like to respond in similar vein:-

The Kestrel.

Hovering above me in the air
Floats a bird with beady eye,
Still as a rock he appears to be
Watch him simply hovering there.
Seemingly settled in for the day,
Watching, waiting for his victim.
There's a movement way down below,
Perhaps a rabbit, shrew or mouse.
For what's down there the future's bleak,
His wings he folds along his back
And using all his inborn craft,
He stoops down and grabs his prey.
He'd set the trap and now its sprung,
The hunted nil, the hunter won.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Thanks Bondbloke - its great to share poetry like that! I'll have to hide your poem from my rabbit though.....

BondBloke said...

It was written whils lying on my back watching a Kestrel, I agree it might be a bit scary for your rabbit...

Dave King said...

Unusual, I thought - and unusually good. I particularly enjoyed the internal tiger.

Art and Poetry said...

Very nice, I love birds and cats and poetry about them is always good!

d. moll, said...

I liked the internal tiger part too....

The Weaver of Grass said...

Particularly like the last two lines cgp

polona said...

oh, i love this!

(am left with a lot of catching up to do, though)

Janice Thomson said...

'Domestic cat, disturbed by her internal tiger...' - brilliant wording Juliet.
You've really nailed the essence of a domestic cat in this piece. Love it.

Susan Richardson said...

The internal tiger image has really stayed with me too!

Scot said...

the title was great as was the imagery. Also enjoyed the posts on city farms.

Anonymous said...

Great to get out in the wild, but the warmth of the fire back home brings me down to earth.

Stan Ski said...

Sorry, the above anonymous comment was mine.

Linda Jacobs said...

Wow, this reminds me of a song I listened to on the way to camp yesterday afternoon. It's called "From the Jungle to the Zoo" by Dr. Hook and is about how close wildness and tameness are to each other.

Great poem!

SweetTalking Guy.. said...

Yeah, I think my cat could relate to the overfed bit!