Midnight Cat

Cat illustration by Heather Adams

…and there I see her, two cat’s eyes, yellow-green… Artist: Heather Adams

The midnight cat
creeeeeeps gingerly
from the bedroom
sloooooowly silently
steals down the stairs
leaps up and through
an open fanlight
vaults the dustbins
paws across the garden
arches below a gate
runs on the coal-black
country lane to meet her mate…

and there I see her
two cat’s eyes
captured by headlights…

I wait to hear the bang
of flying fur and skin…
I grip my steering wheel
but there’s no sound…

Nine lives?

She’s used another –
she’s survived
to keep her tryst
and wave her tail
at midnight motorists

– – – Katherine Thomas, 2011 – – –