contrast

Once again, I am in synch with WP Daily Post and relieved to be able to write something ordinary, non-political and without consideration of any social value. Just for fun. [And not my photos – thank you, stock images]

CONTRAST

On the right lurks the black
and left, the white —
strays curled in the tufts
of last year’s grass
wrapping the ponds
that guard the entrance
to our neighborhood.

The black cat appears only by day,
the white, by night; a fat shadow
moving swiftly through darkened trees
or sitting, immoveable, ten feet
from the windowed door
where my dog barks
disconsolately.

What passes between them,
cat and dog so unlike?
Does one yearn
for the heart of home,
the other for freedom
of the yard?

Do they speak
of what they know,
as do I – that cats
come and go on their own time
in the time it takes my dog
to come inside to the hearth
both day and night.

 

clarity – or not!

I got so excited when I saw the old Great Blue back at our pond this morning. Mind you, it’s in the low 20’s here. Despite sun, winter still has a fist hold on us, regardless of what the calendar says.

So when I saw him, I thought it must be warmer than I realized. Of course, he’s a tough old bird. Often hangs around well into October, past the first frost. As if to make his point, here he is, back before it’s safe to remove the leaf blanket from gardens. Even if five drooping snowdrops ARE trying to act as perky harbingers of spring.

But what became clear to me was that something as majestic as this bird – with all his attendant symbolism to me (subject to a new poem in progress)  – must be enjoyed in the moment. Not captured in any medium, least of all film.

As you can see, my poor attempt failed miserably. The click of the camera scared him right into the air. Maybe it’s my poor eyesight. Maybe it’s the setting on the camera. Whatever the reason, he remains clearest in my memory of passing within ten feet of him in the car before he even realized I was there. Clearly, that’s the way it should be for us.

In response to WP Daily Prompt. [First photo, enhanced to show him more clearly; second, as taken.]