Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Cats

“A black cat crossing your path signifies that
the animal is going somewhere.” ~ Groucho Marx

Midnight black, disappeared
in darkness, save for emerald
eyes that shone. Jake rocked.
Sunned himself in kitchen
window, scoffed at thunder
and lightning. When fireworks
erupted, Jake merely glanced up,
then settled back into meditation
mode, eyes slit.

His best friend was his sister,
Baylee–an Afghan-Chow mix.
Jake assumed boxer’s stance,
and rough-housed with Baylee
in a living room arena.

Jake had a strange predilection
for chasing scrunched balls
of foil, or candy wrappers
from boxes of chocolate.
He also enjoyed jumping
on the back of the couch
right above Mom, who was not
an animal lover.

In later years, he had to be
tested each day for diabetes
levels, and given injections.
I’d do it all again, gladly,
if only I could have him back.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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9 Responses to Jake

  1. gillena says:

    Aw how sweet. Luv your poem end

    Much love…

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  2. Jae Rose says:

    What a wonderful mix of poetry and prose – and such a touching story – Jake sounds like a very good friend

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  3. Susan says:

    Marvelous description as he disappears with eyes that glow! I never had a cat that calm in a storm, but always, always cats have gone like a magnet to the person who doesn’t want them. It may be a sisterhood of aloofness … I Love This Poem and also Jake.

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  4. Sherry Marr says:

    He sounds marvelous and yes, we would do it all again, to have them back. Sigh.

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  5. Sumana Roy says:

    once gone we can’t have them back…sigh…

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  6. mzach456@comcast.net says:

    Cats – my second favorite pet

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  7. Mary says:

    I can really feel the love in your poem. Yup, one goes through much for one’s animals…and one would do it again!

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  8. Enjoyed your memories of Jake.

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  9. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    He sounds like quite a personality!

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