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On one of my farm vacations, I watched Boots explore a hay field during mid morning. He was hunting for field mice, playing with the other kitties and poking around at the bottom of a hay bale. All of a sudden he leaped on top of it. I was fortunate to snap this action shot. I never knew what captured his attention. Later I created a haiku and discovered the joy of a photograph prompt.
Morning mission hunt
Prowling cat in alfalfa—
Hay bale distraction
Photograph and poem originally published in “Summer laJoie 2016”
In celebration of National Poetry Month, today’s feature “Morning Visitor” is a cat poem I wrote after my beloved Lexie Lee’s passing in 2014. She was a feral who found her way to my home in 2004. She bravely survived hurricanes and fought lymphoma.
Unexplained lightness on bed
One week after your passing
Spot where you use to snuggle.
Did you return to your beloved home?
Is this the sign I asked you to send?
A sign that you are safe.
My life is so different without you
My life is so rich because of you
Ten years my fur baby, my muse.
Unexplained lightness on bed again
Ten days after your passing
I whisper Lexie Lee.
I turn over to look at you
Lightness is gone in an instant
But you are forever safe in my heart.
My welcome home greeter
My napping buddy and lap kitty
My kindred spirit.
“Morning Visitor” ©2014 Linda A. Mohr
This poem won Cat Writers’ Association Muse Medallion in Poetry category in 2016.