Lines Written After Encountering a Cat in My House, #1
The darkness of a cat sliding past me on its way
up the stairs as I descend can seem symbolic
of a missed opportunity or something passing by
I should have paid more attention to on my way
to put out the trash but in reality I still got the trash
put out and a cat passing by in the dark on the stairs
is never an opportunity even in this ankle deep silence
“Ankle deep silence” is a great image!
Thanks–walking down stairs in the dark gives you that feeling.
Your poems are like quicksand! Soft, subtle, and then before you know it- BAM. Sucker punch to the face. Hence, “ankle deep silence”. I’m trying really hard for that cat to be a metaphor but it won’t let me. (No fair. 🙂 Your poems have a really solid voice.
Thank you. That cat wouldn’t let me turn it into a metaphor, either. If I could things would be a lot easier with the litterboxes and all.
Haha…wouldn’t it be nice?