Tuesday, April 12, 2011

National Poetry Month 2011, Day #12: Survival Instincts

this is it
the battle you've been waiting for

house cat versus stray
nature versus nuture

circling each other
in my kitchen

the hissing
the growling
the claws swiping air
testing boundaries
don't come any closer
or else

if the house cat wins
everything our parents said
was true

if the stray wins
we are indeed savages
no better than trash scavengers

I'm watching
filling the food dish
the great provider

and they look my way
at that maraca sound of feeding time

the war is over
before it began
because we're nurtured
to let surviving
come naturally

and survival always finds a way
to survive

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