Move across the kitchen to the back door. Ooops, the cat under my feet. She’d open the door if she could. She has this habit of when it comes time she wishes to go outdoors she doesn’t actually scratch, she paws at the door in a little knock, knock sound. (I know, she’s clever.)
Now she is nosing at the security door. How many times a day do I open it just for her? But a Kitty Latch Door! No, we have strays who have seen what a good wicket this little cat is on.
Down a couple of steps, cat not sure and tries to herd me in the opposite direction. Round the side of the house we go: walk the metaled metres down the path. Past hibiscus, roses and Japanese anemones. All I see of cat is a tail among the day lilies.
Past the orange tree, then the lemon tree and then push aside the jasmine I’ve been meaning to cut back: how can the post-person even see our lovely ceramic street number screwed on the post under the box? But he seems to. (Been known to put mail in that’s not for me. I re-direct.)
I lift the tight closed flap of the letter box. Today’s mail in hand I stop to smell the roses; wave to my neighbour out for a stroll. Mail deliveries cut back to three times a week. (That was gonna happen Covid or no.)
And this is the part I love; when cat comes galloping around the corner, comes to an abrupt halt — and waits for me to take the steps. Holding back the security door I turn to her saying, “Coming?” And just like that we are back in our warm kitchen.
Benita H. Kape (c) 30.4.2021
Note: I couldn’t seem to get started on this prompt and really contemplated doing a haiku or tanka. They weren’t working for me.
Notes: “And now for our final (still optional!) prompt. Today’s prompt is based on a prompt written by Jacqueline Saphra, and featured in this group of prompts published back in 2015 by The Poetry Society of the U.K. This prompt challenges you to write a poem in the form of a series of directions describing how a person should get to a particular place. It could be a real place, like your local park, or an imaginary or unreal place, like “the bottom of your heart,” or “where missing socks go.” Fill your poem with sensory details, and make them as wild or intimate as you like. “