Wednesday, April 7, 2010


what i love most about having all of these girls
is having all of these girls
have the same
sort of
experiences
and watching how
they all experience them
differently.

we have a new kitten.
she is soft and skinny and growing
and playful
and sharp-
both toothed and witted.

today she killed her first mouse.
she slayed it out on the patio,
and batted it around
and brought it onto the porch,
now all mottled and limp.

i remember my own cat,
when i was maybe callie's age,
carrying in a whole, grey, weighty
squirrel
and depositing it
upon the crossed ankles
of my brother,
like spoils and riches
to the king.

today,
our new little orange kitten
killed her first mouse.

but,
she will still curl up in the small
of my back
tonight.

just as anna,
with her gangly legs,
full of bruises and cuts,
emblems of a day spent outside,
still slides her thumb into her mouth,
and her hand into my shirt,
and falls asleep
dreaming of
things i can only
imagine.

more tomorrow. thanks for reading.
tt

ps:: what inspired me to write tonight was reading this book to anna.

4 Comments:

Blogger Char said...

beautiful analogy - how the little ones grow up, each with their own set of skills. becoming their own.

April 7, 2010 10:02 PM  
Blogger Amanda {Mocking Bird} said...

That's a beautiful portrait.

April 8, 2010 3:25 AM  
Blogger shari said...

love this portrait and i also love the way you think. xo

April 8, 2010 9:03 AM  
Blogger leya said...

a wonderful post, tara. thank you for reminding me of a few things I had thought of in a while.

April 9, 2010 2:02 PM  

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