Dogs 2012

TALONED TORMENT
(6/13/12)


I
see him
walking
unsurely
along
the curb

head
low
ears
back

a usually
cool
very in control
black cat
has been reduced
to a cowering
victim

as I
drive
nearer
I wonder
at the source
of his
distress

then
a flash
of gray
darts
from the sky
swooping just
along the animal's
back
with a scolding
report

I'm
not sure
if the fur
standing up
from the feline
is voluntary
or the result
of tiny claws
raking across
the spine

the mockingbird
circles succinctly
for another pass

I idle
on by
watching the scene
continue
to play out
in the rear
view

just
the start
of another day
in the
neighborhood

I pull out
onto the boulevard
thinking of traffic
work
the world

I suffer
birds
of my own