if only visitors were cats not one to care about unpacked cardboard boxes indeed a secure hidey-hole visitors could please crawl into that space crouching in silence a mewling snippet now and then not caring about the clutter and dangling cobwebs the carpet pattern clouded with neglect why don’t guests want to paw and play with hanging pieces of string claw at sofas jump up where they shouldn’t contentedly purr instead sit with pussy bum pursed lips disapproving stare running their small minds over my shelves of dust show me the guest who can pounce with promptness and precision on pesky vermin show off their heroic feat of gizzards at the back door show me the cat who sits forlornly desperate and dateless their feline eyes downcast with despondency at bad luck in love why can’t visitors be cats aloof and self-contained heading to the food bowl at every opportunity lap-lapping with delight at tasty morsels then curling up on a proffered knee not a care in the world while the duration of this visit lasts
During the lockdown of 2020, it was a time of more than usual introspection. I am a creative being and have many projects on the go, and not much time for housework. I have always been an animal lover. It was then I realised that my furry friends were much better company to me than so called human “friends” who judge and pigeon-hole in their need for power and control. An abandoned cat began to visit, as they do, and so I formally adopted him. It was later, when a visitor said “go away cat”, that this poem was birthed.
Evie Wood has written poetry all her life from her early years. Documenting with a wryness, perhaps, the foibles and follies of humanity as she perceives them.
She believes in writing from the heart and a word or phrase that suddenly appears from the ether will kick start the inspiration to scribble. Language is her lover. A lover that does not disappoint, nor lead to hand wringing, teeth gnashing misery. Her pets are her joy and delight, and contribute to the garden sanctuary that she feels safe and secure within.