Most of my cats, Mimi especially, join me at the big north window otherwise known as “Cat TV” to fill the bird feeders which provide our entertainment. The window is nearly a story above the ground, and a twiggy lilac stands just outside; below the window is a rough wooden shelf where years ago I had set window boxes for shade-loving summer flowers until there was too much shade even for impatiens. All the kitties lean out the window and breathe in the air, be it warm and mild or frigid and crystalline, and occasionally one or another will wander out onto shelf.
I wrote this poem two years ago when Mimi, suddenly bored with this indoor cat life, stepped out onto the windowsill headed for the shelf covered with ice, her tiny paws sinking into a light snow-cover, her fur ruffled by a stiff cold wind. She stopped, lifted one paw, turned around to look at me.
A Rescue Remembered
I open a window to fill a bird feeder,
little Mimi steps out onto the snow-covered windowsill,
squints at the cold,
lifts one tiny paw and curls it to her chest,
looks up at me;
yes, Mimi, I remember seeing you
outside on frigid, snowy mornings like this,
mincing gingerly down a frozen sidewalk,
all that is but a story for your children now.
poem “A Rescue Remembered” © 2011 B.E. Kazmarski
She wasn’t making a break for it, but remembering those days and enjoying the sweetness of her home.
The illustration above is a different window—the bathroom facing east for the sunrise—but it’s Mimi looking out on a frosty morning last December called “Looking Out on the Morning”. Of course, today the weather isn’t cooperating with my plans to post this because it’s about 65 degrees in January, very unlike even yesterday’s ice-covered morning, but it’s a sweet memory nonetheless.
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