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Zoë, watching

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Our feeding of the birds has given our cat, Zoë, a new form of entertainment.  She sits in the chair in front of the glass of the door leading to the deck and watches.  Her head swivels as each new arrival lands and selects its seed.  All evening, the pupils in her eyes are as black as those of the little Flying Squirrels she sees outside the window.

The birds and squirrels know they are being watched but have decided the sphinx behind the window glass cannot harm them.  For her part, Zoe knows she can only observe the antics around the feeder.  She contents herself with the pantomime of predation.



strategic hyphenation


patience nestles into space

between edge-wise foliage

strategic paw-placement where

no dry-leaf crackle, dry-twig snap

disturbs the nothingness downwind

of furred-or-feathered prey

no tattling breeze

can carry scent-anticipation


to be pounced-upon

all muscle-twitch contained

in nervous, horizontal




©  Jane Tims  2012

Written by jane tims

January 18, 2012 at 9:54 am

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  1. Lovely squirrel drawings. The bottom two have got that look as if they’re sniffing the air & all set to bound off any second.


    Sonya Chasey

    February 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    • Hi Sonya. They are very skittish and will run if I come too near the window. They also have to be constantly on the look-out for the three grey squirrels which are five times their size. I am glad you like the drawing. Jane


      jane tims

      February 2, 2012 at 6:52 am

  2. A superb cat’s-eye view! 🙂


    Watching Seasons

    January 22, 2012 at 11:39 pm

  3. I call it “Cat TV.” Our cats love to sit and watch the birds, too. They chatter at them occasionally. I love this phrase: “the pantomime of predation.”

    Wonderful poem, photo, and drawing. 🙂



    January 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    • Cat-TV… that’s great. Thanks for pointing out the words you like… it helps me to know if certain words ‘work’. Have a great day!!! Jane


      jane tims

      January 22, 2012 at 9:27 am

  4. Our three cats love to sit and watch creatures in our yard too. You describe the movements (or lack thereof ) of the cat’s predatory nature perfectly!


    Carol Steel

    January 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm

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