The cat, the Bird and I


April 25, 2022 by petrujviljoen

We were in the carport; (there’s no car) the cat, the bird and I. I was at some chores, the cat was eyeing the lizard which had alreay lost its tail to her and neither of us yet noticed the bird, high up on the trellis.
incidental –
lizard scurrying to
and fro

Found the lid of the municipal bin! Ha! In the creeper I let grow wild for aesthetic reasons. I swept the concrete floor in places for form’s sake. Stood around seeing what’s to see, watching the cat watching the lizard I broke into song. One I sang while she was gone so long. (I’m not a good singer and took licence, stayed with Hallelujah) It came from my chest and the bird sounded. Surprised I broke off, so did the bird, took up the song and so did the bird. By now my intelligent cat was watching me, ignoring the bird she knew was out of reach. My cat was looking at me, her eyes round and full, her gaze – remembered!

of the spirit –
The Spirit!

Steadying my buckling knees, holding on to the gate and the Mother of God I close my eyes and sang. The bird, the cat and I.

lizard –
the gap was


Linked to Dverse Poets Haibun Monday


27 thoughts on “The cat, the Bird and I

  1. fgsjr2015 says:

    Beautiful yet often misunderstood, prejudged and unjustly despised animals, cats are.

  2. This is so captivating to read… love the interplay between all the actors, you, the poor lizard the bird and mostly your cat.

  3. Mish says:

    Love the story lines that entwine into this scenario….the lost lid, the lizard’s poor tail, the song remembered. Such an interesting haibun.

  4. What a glorious story, and such a way to relate it!

  5. Oh this is so adorable. I like the format of this haibun, too.

  6. What a delightful story told here!

  7. memadtwo says:

    I love this. The perfect trio (quartet?) (K)

  8. sdtp33 says:

    This captures the moment!

  9. poetrybydebi says:

    WOW, a duet with a bird and a cat for audience and the lizard ran away with what was left of his tail.I would remember that experience for a loooong time. Wonderful

  10. Gillena Cox says:

    Nice one. Its uncanny the way birds respond to allelulia.


  11. Lusciously surreal. Well done!

  12. What a wonderful moment of personal beauty, captured. Thanks for this.

  13. trE says:

    What a beautiful, sweet kitty. Hey, Charlie!

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