To rule the world
with a will of iron
is the tabby hunter’s
purpose in life.

She sneaks birds inside,
buries dead birds
in piles of dolls’ clothes.
She creeps into the bedroom,
curls up on the five year old’s head
purring loudly until removed.

She slips into the garage
full of power tools and
hazardous substances,
refuses to come out,
later meows loudly
to be let out. She then rushes
to her bowl for sustenance.

Last school holidays she stopped
coming in, even for meals.
Her black and white friend
drooped and pined for her.
Her family thought she was gone forever
but after nine days she returned,
ravenous but not thirsty.
Locked in another garage ?
with a laundry tub ?
She’s not telling a soul.

Now she meows loudly at her family
when she comes home,
checks little girls in their beds
in the mornings, checks
everyone coming home.

For now she stays out of the garage
as she is told to do.

Previously posted May 2016.


8 thoughts on “Wilful

  1. I had an experience one year when the temps went down to 30 below..I noticed a cat near this window meowing frantically on the back of this garage that faced mine a couple houses down on the alley…I had to go around to all the neighbors asking who’s garage it was …About 8 hours later we found the landlord by phone …he came over and let the frantically half frozen cat out of the garage. It could of been a sadder story for someone who loved that cat if I was hard of hearing or had a large woolen muff on my ears to keep out the cold…I wouldn’t of heard it’s cries…for help.

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    1. Scary stuff ! We think this cat got locked in somewhere while the owners were away for a week. Must have been a laundry there – access to water anyway, She was not dehydrated – just ravenous.

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