Sunday, June 10, 2018

Calico Sentinel--By Carl "Papa" Palmer--United States

Calico Sentinel

the seedless dandelion tuft
arrives on nonexistent breeze
settling softly upon fluffy feline tail

observed by the one male kitten
in the family of four
who quickly pounces upon his prey

immediately swatted sideways
he dives for obscure safety
among his litter sisters

stares out menacingly
at the unruffled tuft
still smugly riding mother’s tail

weighing the consequence
of another of her slaps
for his certain repeat attack
Carl "Papa" Palmer of University Place, WA is retired military, retired FAA, now just plain retired without wristwatch, cell phone, alarm clock or Facebook friend. Carl is a Hospice volunteer and president of The Tacoma Writers Club.

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  1. Oh my word yes! Beautifully observed and written; it made me smile to watch his antics.

  2. Hi Carl. I enjoyed reading your poem. I too smiled. Thank you for sharing it. Continued blessings!


  3. Nice Carl, enjoyed it (and love cats)!

  4. Dear Carl,

    What a delightful poem! Cat lovers will recognize the little kittens behavior. Thank you for this poem.

    Best wishes,

  5. LOL, love this cute poem - I'm still smiling now

  6. Carl,
    A great poem! I also enjoy all your poems in "Pancakes in Heaven."
    Your friend,
    David Fox

  7. Dear papa Carl,
    Well told observation
    Knight Writer

  8. Good use of word choices to draw the reader into your story. It's original and has a pleasant flow in it's pace. Emile.

  9. I can see the kitten playing with his mother's tail!