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.