TWO CATS (A Cinquain Medley)
Age Rating: 1 +
A cinquain medley of cat days.
By Nan Jacobs ©2001
GOOD MORNING, IS THERE A HERD OF ELEPHANTS IN THE HOUSE?
Touch paws "how do?"
Noses bump, static shock.
Let's eat, let's play, swat dart BRR-UMP
THE WISHING WINDOW
Ears flat tails twitch.
Crouching, sniffing, shiver.
Growl whine; wishful eyes watch outside.
Wash toes, long tails, cheeks, toes.
All toes once more, again, again.
Snuggle me warm.
Soft fur, soft purr, they stir.
Slow blinks, vast yawns, long stretches, gone.
Willy came to us two years ago, an abandoned boy saved by a friend who found him a good home with us. He loves his "morning sniff", taking in the neighborhood smells through a screen door even on the coldest of mornings. At first he didn't want to share his sniff space with Jessie, although he'd let her bully him away from his food. But now they share like good kids, and sniff each other while they're at it. Our "little girl" Jessie joined us a month ago from the SPCA. She keeps my neck warm while I compose cinquains for her and Willy. I think she's really reading over my shoulder, making sure I get it right.
The cinquain form (five lines in syllables of two, four, six, eight, two) was taught to me by my dear friend and fellow writer Ellen Guidry.