The Cat

The Cat

In my house is a one-eyed cat
Poised for luck on a windowsill

Her remaining eye is cataract clouded
Clarity lost in a dark instant

A distant wound salvaged
By surgery, her blind futures averted

She is pure patience perched
On a shadowed brink of world

Blurred by screen and mystery
Unaware of her own tragedy

Unruffled, the cat is vigilant
Staring down lawn with one imperfect eye

Lest light slip past her window
Tragically unobserved

8 thoughts on “The Cat

  1. kathrynmartins1 February 5, 2012 / 5:37 PM

    What’s her name, Rae? She’s incredible. I love her milky patch and that milky paw. What a wonderful creature.

    • Rae Spencer February 5, 2012 / 6:03 PM

      This is Sabrina, the sweetest cat I’ve ever met.

      • kathrynmartins1 February 5, 2012 / 6:41 PM

        Glad you have each other. Hope you both have a lovely week.

  2. Betty Hayes Albright February 6, 2012 / 12:02 AM

    I love cats – and how they can retain their dignity, no matter what. Your Sabrina does look like a sweetie!

  3. jeaniemac100 February 7, 2012 / 4:28 PM

    Rae, I love Sabrina, the poem, the expression of both.

    These lines are my favorite:

    She is pure patience perched
    On a shadowed brink of world


    Lest light slip past her window
    Tragically unobserved

    • Rae Spencer February 7, 2012 / 4:51 PM

      Thank you, Jean!

  4. Angela February 10, 2012 / 4:06 PM

    She appears to be winking in amusement, a keeper of secrets. Classic……

    Loved reading your poem and seeing pictures of your special kitties, Rae. We have two, both black and so very different.

    • Rae Spencer February 11, 2012 / 1:05 AM

      We have three, two who are litter-mates. I love how they are such individuals, each so very different, and all three changing and growing with time. And I like what you say about “a keeper of secrets.” Cats are secretive, never quite admitting that they “need” us. Unlike dogs, who radiate need with happy abandon. I suppose that’s why I like having cats AND dogs in my life. They occupy different places in my heart, and I’d never be complete without the company of both…

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