Poems by Tyson Cat and Nancy Schluntz

ODE TO THE CAT
Creature of substance,
Sleek and bright.
Quiet as fur-fall
Deep in the night
Primal instincts
Under the skin –
Not so docile,
The tiger within.

 

 THOUGHTS ON LEAVING

I’m leaving soon, with some reluctance.
I do so love being a cat and being with you.
I don’t like being an old cat.
I’ll come back, bright and new,
To play, and fight, and love
I will always be with you, my spirit self
Purring your dreams.
You need help with Sina.*

There’s so much to tell …

Tales of being a pirate cat, swashbuckling on the seven seas,
Tales of being a temple cat, my claws the mark of power.
Tales of being a starborn cat, and the flight through space to come here.
Tales of being other things, and their adventures too.

But I like being a cat best,

Small in this life, to hold and love,
My heart much greater than this body can hold.
Purring your dreams, training your dog,
Sustaining your spirit.

Transition is all about being present in the Now as that Now changes.

Be the rock that time and all things pass over, under, around and through.
I am that. 

 

NIGHT JOURNEY

Prowling, sensing
Whiskers stretching out beyond
Brushing the auras of trees and grasses.
Snakes walking
Snails galloping
Birds curled in the heather to sleep
Eggs contemplating what they will become.
All are possible.

You join me, Body safely asleep.

Hand in paw we fly
Into oblivion and beyond,
Returning by dawn’s first light.
The stars and I remember.
You dimly recall a strange dream.

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*Sina, our Australian Shepherd, was a high-energy, irrepressible young dog when this was written.

These poems were published in Species Link – the Journal of Interspecies Telepathic Communication, Winter 2009

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