Poem of the Week: CAGED

by Jeannie Carlson
Member-At-Large, St. Petersburg, Florida

 

Soullessly a sleek and sinewy

Striped cat stalks

Too small a cage.

She paces proud protuberant paws

The space of her confinement.

Unresigned to a fettered fate,

Felinity is ever ready

To pounce ferociously to freedom.

Clawing a crevice,

Only her whisker

Can claim bristly visit

The incalculable void.

Undaunted, the direct

But stoic semiprecious eyes

Seductively suggest

One dare approach…

Either to set her free

Or be devoured.

 

Comments

  1. Richard Parker.
    This reminds me of the delicate balance between appreciating beauty but being wary of natural breeding described in the book, Life of Pi. The main character was marooned on a boat with a tiger he named Richard Parker. Your wonderful portrayal with words brings this book and movie back to life to me. It also reminds me of how cruel it is to keep wild creatures tethered.

    It is truly a beautiful, thought provoking poem. Brava!

    • Jeannie Carlson says:

      I like the connection to Life of Pi. Nature can have multiple metaphoric levels. Thanks for your input, Bev!

  2. BARB WHITMARSH says:

    A TERRIFIC POEM. CATS RULE FOR SURE.

    B.W.

  3. Jeannie, this is a poem that demands to be read aloud. The alliteration is wonderfully effective, especially the sibilants. My favorite line is, “But stoic semiprecious eyes.” Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.