The Cat and the Chipmunk

In the window Cat sits and stares,
Watching with all of her, every last hair,
Striving to kill with wanting and glares.
Chipmunk loiters in the dewy grass,
Nibbling an acorn, making it last,
Knowing, for certain, that cat’s behind glass.

All week I’ve been reading from the gorgeous Book of Animal Poetry edited by J. Patrick Lewis and published by National Geographic. I’ve been strangely drawn to the poems structured in tercets. I’m not sure if this has deep psychological significance or if I’m just attracted to a form I haven’t used much. In any case I have been experimenting all week and today I have posted my own animal poem in tercets.


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(c) 2012 Elizabeth Ehrenfest Steinglass, all rights reserved

14 replies
  1. Robyn Hood Black says:

    Oh, Liz – this is delightful! Killer last line.

    We have a rather bold squirrel who similarly torments our downstairs cat through the sliding glass door.

    I love your experiments – keep experimenting! :0)

  2. Linda at teacherdance says:

    we had squirrels who baited our dog often, with the dog at the bottom of the tree, & the squirrel up just so high. Your poem reminded me of the stealthiness of animals’ survival skills. Beautifully told, Liz.

  3. Myra Garces-Bacsal from GatheringBooks says:

    Experimenting with poetry and its forms is always the best. I can’t be disciplined enough to follow a certain form – with my words and lines all over the place – so I admire your tenacity in keeping to a structured tercet. Very nice animal poem! Love the photo of your cat.

  4. Tabatha says:

    If I were a chipmunk and that cat was looking at me, I’d want to be pretty confident it was behind glass! Looks fierce 🙂 Great idea, using tercets.

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