Contents

 

 

 


Sketchbook 

Cat Poems
 

 

 

Haiku

cat in the window
bird on the ground

unfulfilled desire

Ruth Nott

 

 

 

Living With Royalty

Tetractys

All day Emily gazes on the world—
like the poet,
her purring,
a soft
song

 

 

Haiku

demure, she watches
from her black velvet cushion
a fly buzzes by
 

 

Fibonacci Poem

On Command

With
steps
regal,
befitting
the realm’s Crown Princess,
she announces her need for food
with a wag from her tail and a nudge on my left foot
as if to say, “Your attention
please, I’m hungry Now!
Remember—
I am
the
Queen”.

 

 

Cinquain

A Functionary

Employed
as a royal
footman to her Highness—
I tend the door when she commands
egress.

 

 

Triolet

A Different Drummer

She sits all day in the sunny window;
Unperturbed, she watches the world pass by.
Sometimes she stirs and chases her shadow.
She sits all day in the sunny window—
Does she dream of mousing in the meadow?
Or feasting on pigeon and kidney pie?
She sits all day in the sunny window;
Unperturbed, she watches the world pass by.

 

 

Tanka Sequence

Knight With Ensign High

in the boudoir
my lady sleeps soundly
on a satin bed
in her dream the ocean waves
are filled with shrimp and salmon

she stalks a bee
on the summer garden blooms
then chases Mr. toad—
with proud dignity she lays
his bloody corpse at my feet

I say to you—
there is no better friend
than this feline—
she curls on my pillow
softly singing in my ear

when I am away
I often think of her,
patient, alone—
I know she will greet me
at the door when I return

Oh, lady fair
you are my precious queen—
let me protect you
from unworthy roués
who would stain your dignity

 

 

 

 

 


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