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Poetry Sunday: He Watches


He Watches



P e r c h e d

Ever alert

Ready to spring into action

Clever as he amuses himself

Youthful exuberance

all the way

          to the

                     tip of

                                        his long




This is who I met as he eyed me cautiously.

Sized me up with those pale green eyes, curious.

Not too affectionate, but willing to connect with a touch.

PERCY-of many breeds, with proud Latin name.

‘Effective Hunter’


© Donna Donabella 2017



I wrote this poem after meeting this amazing animal.  He is a rescue cat that my nieces fell in love with.  He is thought to be part Persian and has an abnormally long tail.  A kitten when they brought him home, and 6 months old when I met him.  He made quite an impression on me, wrapping his long tail around my heart.  And this poem came leaping out of me on the trip home.



I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.



I leave you with a few additional words about Percy-He Watches.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2017.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. November 5, 2017    

    Shape poem tapering into his tail… what fun!!!

    • November 5, 2017    

      It was fun writing this one….originally this was an acrostic to the cat’s name Percy, but developed into so much more. Glad you liked it!

  2. November 5, 2017    

    What a wonderful post – I love it

    • November 5, 2017    

      Oh that pleases me…thank you Jae Rose!

  3. November 5, 2017    

    oh yes Donna – the shape is purrfect!

    • November 5, 2017    

      Oh Laura my kind of humor….he is puurfect!

  4. November 5, 2017    

    He’s absolutely adorable!❤️ Love this, Donna 🙂

    • November 5, 2017    

      Thanks Sanaa….he is just that….adorable!

  5. November 5, 2017    

    I love cats and your poem about one is nice and cute. Thanks.

    • November 5, 2017    

      So glad you enjoyed the poem Hopeful!

  6. Mary Mary
    November 5, 2017    

    Ah, I love the way you shaped this poem. It made me smile. You portrayed this
    endearing cat well. Cats definitely always size a person up with their eyes….
    kind of eerie in that way. (I am always relieved when a cat accepts me. Smiles.)
    That must be SOME tail.

    • November 5, 2017    

      I was relieved too Mary….and boy it is quite a tail…reminds me of a wild cat!

  7. November 5, 2017    

    The structure of your poem is just fantastic art. And your note makes the whole thing more powerful.

    • November 5, 2017    

      Thank you….And the structure was an after thought….I love the creative process!

  8. November 5, 2017    

    Your poem is a delight, the cat is a beauty, and a strong presence, and what you did with the photos is superb. Yay! Win/win all the way.

    • November 5, 2017    

      Wow quite a compliment…thanks Sherry! It was such a pleasure putting this one together!

  9. Bjorn Rudberg Bjorn Rudberg
    November 5, 2017    

    I think you have captured the psyche of the cat perfectly … Made me think of the Master and Margerita in a way… but much more benign (I hope)

  10. November 5, 2017    

    I love the shape of this poem, very well done.

  11. November 5, 2017    

    The average tail is 11 1/2″. My kitty also has a long tail, 14″. Yes, your poem makes me think of his tail.

    • November 5, 2017    

      Wow….I’d say Percy’s tail is at least 14″ too.

  12. November 5, 2017    

    A shape poem! He seems to have made quite an impression on you

    • November 5, 2017    

      Indeed he did….he is a special creature I would love to get to know more!

  13. November 5, 2017    

    Lovely. And it seems he has slipped quietly into all of your hearts.

  14. November 5, 2017    

    I love Percy, his long tail, and his mighty name. What a wonderful cat and poem.

    • November 5, 2017    

      Oh that is so wonderful that you like the poem and Percy too….he is a special cat!

  15. November 5, 2017    

    Percy struck gold with a nice Aunt who writes him poetry as well….:)

  16. November 5, 2017    

    What great entertainment your poem is for the reader; really personifying Percy so that your words paint a beautiful picture.

    • November 6, 2017    

      What high praise you give me Robin…thank you! When I started I was unsure how I wanted to present this poem and it just sort of flowed….I love going with that flow of creation….and I had so much fun putting this whole post and poem together.

  17. November 5, 2017    

    A delightful poem, crafted with a bit of whimsy. Loved the artwork!

    • November 6, 2017    

      Thank you Wendy….Percy certainly inspired that whimsy!

  18. November 6, 2017    

    O dear! Such a cute poem! Love the lay out as well as loooooooooong tailed Percy.

    • November 6, 2017    

      I am so pleased…thank you Sumana!

  19. November 6, 2017    

    Love your words and love your pictures. Animals always fascinate me.

    • November 6, 2017    

      Thanks Myrna. They fascinate me too!

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