poetry and prose about place

through Zoë’s eyes

with 2 comments

Each space is unique to its occupier.  For example, two people will experience a space quite differently.  How they perceive a space depends on their mood, their individual preferences for certain tastes, smells, and colours, and their background and memories.

Animals perceive spaces very differently from humans.  Their eyes and ears are tuned to a broader spectrum of colour and a different range of sound frequencies.

Zoë watches the air above her

My cat Zoë sees the world very differently from me.  Her perceptions are much keener.  At times, she will pay sudden and rapt attention to the empty space above her.  I puzzle for a moment, look a little harder, and there it is … a tiny moth I would never have seen if Zoë had not pointed the way.

If you have a pet, are you amazed at how differently they experience their space?

Zoe watches the birds in the feeders


Stalking the Wind


the cat crouches 

on the window sill

puzzles out the night

considers fireflies and the moon

explores the June bug

on the other side

of the screen

pats at a maple key

wandering on the wind


when the door cracks open

she is ready

she slips between my feet

into the yard


and waits


all around her

            the crickets

            the tickle of grass

            the scent of other cats


no moment     to gather herself

and run


into the arms of her keeper

scolded inside

dour at the window


next time

she will not pause


she will leap and run

kin with the fireflies

pursuit of the wind


Published as: ‘Stalking the Wind’, Spring 1995, Green’s Magazine XXIV (1)

 © Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

August 16, 2011 at 6:34 am

Posted in a niche for Zoë

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  1. Zoë is gorgeous! I miss having cats, too many allergies in the family to keep one anymore. 😦 The picture you paint with your words in the poem captures the essence of our feline friends perfectly! Sometimes I think cats can see the orbs that we cannot see but which sometimes show up in pictures taken with digital cameras. Who knows?


    Barbara Rodgers

    August 19, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    • I always say Zoë is telepathetic. She tries so hard to tell me what she wants. She sits and stares very hard at me, but she doesn’t know that she is trying to communicate with a mere human. Jane


      jane tims

      August 19, 2011 at 7:26 pm

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