Breakfast with the Woodhills

by Kristina Woodhill

back of a black cat
sittin' in the outback
slippin' through the clover
and the thistle on the cat track
pause paws, slow creep
moves in where the mice sleep
hunkers down and nestles in
black spot in a sea of green

i'm lookin' out holdin' breath
and seein' black death
wonderin' what the claw feels
poised within the pad's sheath
thinkin' of the sharp pricks
tearing through the fir thick
teeth on neck, a bone wrench
meeting with a firm crunch

day dreamin', kinda squirmin'
Death and I anticipatin'
flash of black in back - whack!
tension of a spring trap
tail high, head down
silent motion pounds down
Death smiles, sees red
i swallow, taste dread

back of a black cat
trottin' through the outback
head high and eyes wide
jaws clamped with tight pride
drops it by the back door
waitin' for my “encore!”
chows down this first course
leaves the head with no remorse

holy cow
i gotta say
i'm glad i'm not a mouse


Author's Note: Breakfast at our house; retitled 7/3

Posted on 07/02/2007
Copyright © 2023 Kristina Woodhill

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 07/03/07 at 01:04 AM

LOL!!! You've given us each grisly detail in delirious rhyme! Yeah, glad I'm not a mouse either! LOL!

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 07/21/07 at 09:38 PM

Despite the gory subject, Kris you make this such a fun read with the rhyme and descriptiveness. Yes, cats and even some raccoons have that ferel way of thanking us through the offering of such gifts. Thanks also for your comment on my latest. :o)

Posted by David Hill on 09/03/07 at 11:13 PM

Funny and tragic, like nature. I like the rhythm, accurate descriptions, and the avoidence of cuteness.

Posted by Michelle Angelini on 01/16/08 at 07:13 PM

Kristina, this is wonderfully delightful! It must be read outloud to get the full rhythm and flow. I kept stopping to laugh at the pictures I got in my mind of this vivid tale. What's for kitty's next course? ;-)

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 08/30/11 at 12:38 PM

Kristina- can I have breakfast with you? Seems like fun!

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