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string for Zoë

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Our cat Zoë’s niche includes a ‘string’. 

I often say our Zoë is ‘telepathetic‘.  She will sit and stare me down until I understand what she wants.  Sometimes she wants food.  Sometimes she wants fresh water, or an ice cube (yes, an ice cube).  Sometimes she wants to play, with her string.  Her trust that we will figure out what she wants is pitiful.

The string is not a special toy.  Any long thin peice of string will do.  A shoelace or a length of thread are all the same to Zoë.

Zoë can be an acrobat when her string is part of the action.  She will stalk the string and pounce on it.  She will walk upright on her back legs to reach it.  Sometimes she just wants to look at it.





Zoë thinks she is telepathic

sits intently, stares at me

narrow pupils on pale green eyes


I run the list

water, cat food, litter

such simple needs

but no thought resonates

with telepathic tremble



the word vibrates

as if plucked on a guitar

Zoë blinks her eyes

looks over her shoulder, utter longing

ten inch shoelace, knot at one end

pathetic on the hearth


black pupils open round

frank pathway to brain


© Jane Tims  2010

© Jane Tims 2011

Written by jane tims

December 9, 2011 at 6:32 am

Posted in a niche for Zoë

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  1. Delightful, playful Zoë! (Cat lover here…)


    Barbara Rodgers

    December 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    • Hi. Zoe is really a silly girl. Today she is running and sliding on all the rugs in the house. Jane


      jane tims

      December 16, 2011 at 12:18 pm

  2. Our cats share just the same markings! Mine’s called Phoebe!


    Sonya Chasey

    December 15, 2011 at 11:35 am

    • Hi. I always thought if I had three female cats, I’d call them Zoe, Phoebe and Chloe! jane


      jane tims

      December 16, 2011 at 7:32 am

  3. I really enjoy all of your posts, the combination of photos, drawings and poetry layered over and around the actual written words is interesting and draws me to look for your posts every day. I especially like this one on your kitty. Cats know when we need them, too!


    Carol Steel

    December 12, 2011 at 7:42 am

  4. Zoë is a beautiful kitty. She reminds me a lot of Shana, a cat member of our family for 17 years. Shana liked string, too. 🙂



    December 11, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    • Hi. Our Zoe is fun to have around. I don’t remember laughing until she joined the family! Jane


      jane tims

      December 12, 2011 at 9:18 pm

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