Love, Eventually

Love, Eventually
















My black cat
with white whiskers
stares silently

eyes fixed
on my face:
the gaze of love
and trust.

Then she blinks
slowly, almost drowsily,
snuggling against my leg,
purring long.

A slight
and dainty cat,
she's ten.

When she came,
she was eight;
she stayed aloof, hiding
behind curtains,

claws ready....
One year before
purring; two to miaow.
But now –

we anchor and
orbit each other; 
true minds.


This poem is in a new form invented by a friend who wishes to remain private. She calls the form 'arch', in which the 4th stanza is – as she says – 'much like the keystone is for an arch, holding both sides together'. I'll be sharing this poem via Poets United's Poetry Pantry #434 in the New Year.

Details:
The poem is 7 stanzas long, with 69 words. Stanzas break down as follows:
1st stanza: 3 words/3 words/2 words
2nd stanza: 2 words/3 words/4 words/2 words
3rd stanza: 3 words/3 words/4 words/2 words
4th stanza: 2 words/3 words/2 words
5th stanza: 3 words/3 words/4 words/2 words
6th stanza: 2 words/3 words/4 words/2 words
7th stanza:: 3 words/3 words/2 words

Comments

  1. I LOV E this poem, and remember how long Selene took to settle in and how rewarding it was when she did. An interesting form. I will give it a go when my head stops shrieking, if it ever does.

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    1. Yes, it is an interesting form. Do you see how the middle stanza (4) is the pivot, and then it sort of travels outward from that the same way it travelled in? (Stanza 5 is the same as 3, 6 as 2, and 7 as 1.)

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  2. This is beautiful, Rosemary! Such warm feelings about your cat. You two definitely have bonded. I really like the last stanza and picturing how you anchor and orbit each other!

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  3. The form is as elegant as a well-built arch: I will try it! And the "Love, eventually"? I totally love the cat experience, and how it applies to human friendship. I liked the first version as well.

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    1. In response: https://susanspoetry.blogspot.com/2019/01/sounds-and-silence.html

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  4. I just read Mary's poem and both explore the form through pets... very pleasing to read.

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  5. thank you for showing us how this is done - with such a touching relationship of anchor and orbit. I prefer form structures where there is no predictable rhyme and will try this one out sometime. It's like a bridge or perhaps the arch of a cat's back when stroked!

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  6. It's such a joy when you and a pet start to "get" each other. Kit came with a bit of a learning curve as a rescue pup, but it was so worth it.

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  7. Loving it again, and intrigued by the form. Must try it.

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  8. So much like the black cat who showed up with her four kittens beneath our neighbor's house sixteen years ago -- all her brood was gone within five years, but she's remained our most faithful and durable stray (fear has served her well). I pine for not being able to take her in, but we have a bond of long accommodation at that border between house and wild. Not a pet nor a stray. Your poem sings the black cat differently; I would it could have gone that way.

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  9. Such an elegant form this is, Rosemary and you have executed it so beautifully!❤️ I love cats and can feel the love and trust here.❤️

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  10. To be anchored to another soul is truly one of life's greatest gifts.

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  11. yes, an interesting form, and elegant too.
    looks like dance steps too. :)
    i think your poem is a fine response to the form.

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  12. This is wonderful. To build such trust with a pet is wonderful... and the form works so fine (I have seen it and will try it at some point)

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  13. Time is so good at breeding trust, especially when all involved care. Thank you for the smile.

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  14. This is so adorable, Rosemary, firstly because I am a cat lover and secondly because of the wonderful details. Thank you for introducing me to a new form, which I will try at the next opportunity!

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  15. I like this - both the thoughts about your cat and the form. I'm terrible with form, but this sounds like fun. Maybe I'll try it sometime.

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  16. Love this! We have a rescue dog from the Carr fire. He has been with us now for 3 months--and each day he settles in more--but it is a long haul in some ways--trust will take time I think

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  17. I remember when you first got Selene and how you wondered if she would ever love you. I remember telling you to be patient. She obviously adores you. Such a wonderful love/Love relationship you two have !

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  18. This for is interesting--I like the way the second part emphasizes the behavior in the first. Love the entire poem. :)

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  19. It all comes down to the end, anchor and obit each other, true minds.

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  20. A lovely little piece and an interesting form. The 'arch' (as I mentioned in Mary's comment) works very much like the middle line of a Puente poem and gives a splendid symmetry (though the structure of the 'arch' form, it seems to me, has a bit more of a cadence to it, when read aloud). Love the way that the visuals in this create the comfortable mood and speak to the 'evolution' of the relationship.

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  21. I am so pleased Selene has found a loving home.

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    1. I am pleased for me too, to have such a loving companion.

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  22. This is the second of the form ive read. First Mary's about her dogs and now yours about your cat. Each poem an ode and a love song equally
    Thanks for dropping by my sumie Sunday

    MuchūüéČlove

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  23. Thanks for introducing a new form of poetry - arch.
    Very pleasant read and your pet seems like your best companion -
    "we anchor and
    orbit each other;
    true minds"

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  24. Ah...the cat. Ever and classically a cat! Thanks for sharing.

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