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.
Continuing to repost old poems, this one was published on the blog back in 2008.