The Conscious Cat

There are dog-people and there are cat-people in this world, 
and we’re proud to be who we are. And herewith I declare 
my side of the furry divide:
THE CONSCIOUS CAT

intricately involved
with air   earth   sunlight       
she stalks
     shadow among shadows

kill completed
sparrow   robin or vireo
she sits to wash
     her perfection

cleanliness made
cat stretches
     furls into sleep
     until the next
     urge to eat
published in Animal Crackers and Hancock Ad News
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About Joanna M. Weston

Born in England, she is now living in Shawnigan Lake, BC. She is married to Robert, an accountant, and they have three sons, Andrew Jon Mark ... and two cats, Alice and Chaucer. Joanna has an MA from the University of British Columbia. She has published in numerous anthologies and in magazines in Canada, the US, UK, and New Zealand, such as Canadian Women's Studies, Convolvus, Endless Mountains Review, Grain, Green's Magazine, Prairie Fire, Spin, Wascana Review, CBC Gallery, and many more... Clarity House Press has published several of her chapbooks including: Berry and the Birthday Band (2010) One of These Little Ones (1987) – out of print Cuernavaca Diary (1990) – out of print Seasons (1993) – out of print Watch-night (2005) – out of print
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2 Responses to The Conscious Cat

  1. bill cook says:

    Hi Joanna,

    I guess I can keep up with you here! I am a dog person, but I have owned a few cats. Enjoyed your poem. – Bill Cook

  2. Hi Bill,
    Dogs have their place in the world. We had one for 16 years but cats remain my favourites.
    Thanks for looking in. Joanna

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