“But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.”
~ Vincent van Gogh

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Ball or Line

In the heat she stretches her paws out in front of her, lying long on her belly, her head low, chin on the bed. Her back legs extend the line of her body, stretching out behind her. How sleek she is, and black. And how relaxed. Total abandonment. 

In the cold she curls, paws and head drawn in, conserving her body warmth – a clump of darkness, rounded, almost a ball. How trusting, given up to sleep, completely safe here with me. Comfort and safety express themselves in all her resting shapes.

Of course, as soon as I bring out the camera she changes her pose – to something between  the two!

Written for Writing Ourselves Alive, week 1: Curiosity

Also an example of a prose poem for dVerse MTB Prose Poetry


  1. Love the description of the two poses of that lovely cat. An animal at rest in your presence is a mark of trust.

  2. these are lovely lines your cat draws in her resting shapes

  3. Yes, somehow they always react that way.Perhaps they perceive anything in our hands to be life threatening, a weapon of some sort!


  4. You have given me a new way of looking at my cat. She stretches out relaxed in the heat or curled up when it is colder but in all cases relaxed and with abandonment.

  5. LOVE! Every word is precious.

  6. A cat contortionist perfectly penned, Rosemary! Great observations.

  7. Totally safe and trusting with you Rosemary ~

  8. All cat owners will identify with your lovely description. Two cats allow us to share this house with them. Would that we could stretch or curl with the same total abandon!

  9. i can assume she had the best rest on your bed :)

  10. We humans have much to learn from cats.
    Lovely, Rosemary. 💜

  11. Ah...the innocence, the vulnerability, the trusting .. in a sleeping child or cat or any living being.

  12. Lovely indeed Rosemary.
    "Comfort and safety express themselves in all her resting shapes." - love love love that - a perfect close.
    Kind regards
    Anna :o]


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