Chasing Rabbits

She sleeps hard.

Tired from chasing.

Running after scents

rising and flowing on

the ever moving winds.

Her legs and brain

run still, after the

elusive and so

scented lures.

She waits by the window.

Shadows of birds fly by her

on the blind, tail twitches and

she is ready to pounce! Wise old

cat knows the window is there so

she chooses the wise path, and has

a sunbeam warmed nap. She dreams.

 

We are playing with verbs tonight at dVerse. Watching the dog and the cat today inspired me. They are so very vibrant when they are playing and chasing, dedicated to their fun. And then they fall asleep with such utter disregard for anything else, naps rule when play is done. So we step around them quietly, their feline and canine sprawl, and are slightly envious. To have that freedom…ah!

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48 Comments

  1. brian miller said,

    January 16, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    ha. i would not mind to be able to nap as my cat does…he loves being outside though…all night…he was just gone for 3 days…who knows where…back and hungry…he just looks at the rabbits and such…i think they have a club…

    • shanyns said,

      January 17, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      Our coyote were very vicious this winter and ate down our barn cats to just the Mama and one sole survivor, both of which are now happy and safe as house cats.

      I do wish I could nap like them though. That boneless relaxed sleep is so sweet!

  2. January 16, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Wonderful action verbs, Shanyn. Isn’t it wonderful how our critter inspire. And how they move. You observed well.

    • shanyns said,

      January 17, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      Thank you Victoria, and thank you for the awesome prompt. It got me thinking about writing in a way that stretched the grey muscles. I liked it!

  3. coalkissed said,

    January 16, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    I sometimes wish I was a cat! They can nap anywhere in any position. Really enjoyed your poem 🙂

  4. Mary said,

    January 17, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Really enjoyed the poem that resulted from watching cat and dog. I would really like to know what cat & dog dream!

    • shanyns said,

      January 17, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      I’d love to know their dreams too! Right now each cat has a cushion, and the catahoula dog is upside down asleep on the couch.

  5. janehewey said,

    January 17, 2014 at 1:19 am

    oh, that twitching tail. you’ve harnessed a good bit of action in this poem, I am especially drawn in at the end with the thought of her dream. wonderful.

  6. Steph said,

    January 17, 2014 at 1:55 am

    Well presented.. I have one of each as well and they are a pleasure to watch. I really enjoyed this.

  7. naramalone said,

    January 17, 2014 at 2:21 am

    Awww. Now I’m a bit sleepy, craving that sunbeam.

  8. lynndiane said,

    January 17, 2014 at 3:27 am

    I like how your active verbs move this playful poem along!

  9. kkkkaty1 said,

    January 17, 2014 at 4:19 am

    Cats and dogs provide so many verb possibilities….

  10. January 17, 2014 at 5:22 am

    I love it! Whimsy meets everyday life in creative ways. Beautiful.

  11. billgncs said,

    January 17, 2014 at 5:58 am

    I liked this! I caught me and let me see the dream.

  12. alan1704 said,

    January 17, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Shadows of birds fly by her – love this and the way it causes the emotion of the image to work. Nicely done.

  13. SallyJ said,

    January 17, 2014 at 8:26 am

    …chooses a wise path…
    exactly what cats do! Perfect.

    • shanyns said,

      January 17, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      Yes they tend to do that, thanks for coming over!

  14. January 17, 2014 at 10:49 am

    gorgeous: cat dreams perfectly evoked.

  15. claudia said,

    January 17, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    oh i just love the sunbeam warmed nap…some days i wish i were a cat…honestly…

    • shanyns said,

      January 17, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      I know, me too! Or my Catahoula dog. She has it pretty easy.

  16. January 17, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    My old tom is 12, but very healthy; is an outside cat, never has needed a cat box to do his business; his naps are legion, as I’m sure his outdoor adventures are; nice evocation of animal presence & spirit.

    • shanyns said,

      January 18, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      That is a very respectable age! 🙂 Glad he is doing so well. Glad you enjoyed the poem as well.

  17. January 17, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Cats have the ability prioritize their actions.. and catching that sunbeam is often hight on the list… unless food is served…

    • shanyns said,

      January 18, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      food, nap and play – not always in that order but always present! 🙂

  18. Abhra Pal said,

    January 17, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Not just a verb theme – but the flow brings out motion from your poetry

  19. Grace said,

    January 17, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    I can imagine the fun & silence afterwards ~ I am envious of those naps, smiles ~

    • shanyns said,

      January 18, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      Two of our dogs are sleeping next me right now, enjoying their post-chores nap. The cats are sprawled…we should be joining them more I think!

  20. wolfsrosebud said,

    January 17, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    i loved the movement of the wind in this

  21. Susan Chast said,

    January 18, 2014 at 4:26 am

    YEs, so it is, each in their own very active dreams. I have seen them move there feet as if in the chase.

    • shanyns said,

      January 18, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      I love watching their faces and ears twitch and their feet run.

  22. January 18, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    “She dreams.”- Wonderful. The movements and the actions are well portrayed in your words.
    -HA

  23. hypercryptical said,

    January 18, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Lovely words. Sometimes I wish I had the freedom of our feline friends…
    Anna :o]

    • shanyns said,

      January 18, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      Theirs can be the most free of all! Thanks for coming by.

  24. grapeling said,

    January 20, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Sweet ode to the four legged family members ~

  25. Akila said,

    January 21, 2014 at 4:38 am

    so many active verbs here so akin the pets! if not for the freedom i so wish for that attitude to just let go and embrace the next thing even if it be a nap!


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