Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the fifty-sixth poem in this series. This week’s piece is by Louis J Casson.
Cats passing on the trail
I found today
where the Cat’s trail lies.
Down between the garage’s walls
cross the shingle yard.
And through the forsythia tree
at the garden’s end.
Only the smaller can take the route,
or know precisely
where it starts, it ends.
I own my garden shingled yard,
but the Cat owns all yards and none
passing through along its trail.
The sound of one cat passing lies within
soft paws flexing
legs and bones.
No traces left,
among the shingled yard stones.
I asked Louis what prompted this piece and he said…
This poem came about when my friend Bob Hudson, working recently in Japan, had ago at writing Haiku poetry. Therefore I wanted to write a poem with a Haiku feel, but of course the poem does not follow the Haiku form rules in terms of lines and syllables.
Other aspects that came in consciously or unconsciously while writing the poem:-
- Zen and the Zen Koan (or riddle). The “sound of one hand clapping”. Here “the sound of one Cat passing” is essentially internal, being too soft to hear above the usual background noises. Actually if you place your wrist against your ear and tap/click your fingers of that (one) hand together, you’ll hear the internal noises caused by the clicking, tapping. Zen gardens consist of raked areas of shingle with larger stones among this.
- Scale as an advantage, smallness enabling the Cat to go where I cannot. To where? (a mystery, one of the qualities of being /essentials of “catness”).
- Observation and reflection on what you see. I saw a Cat, where had it come from, going to? Any deeper meaning or significance in this?
- Where to cut the lines? I did my best as I thought fit – since there are no fixed “rules” here. The line “To where?” stands on its own, but made sense to me; as this is a sort of mid-point, the first stanzas leading up to this gap, then the concluding ones flowing on to the poem’s conclusion.
- ”Bones” and “stones”. The last two groups/stanzas of lines have an end rhyme. Completes the poem in a tidy way. NB: an aside – in some Irish songs, the ending is indicted by the last two lines being repeated.
I hope you enjoyed the poem, and remember… the meaning and images you get from this may not be as I intended when I wrote it but that’s poetry for you, folks.
Thank you, Louis.
Currently living in Northamptonshire, England, Louis visits the Lake District frequently where he was born. His arts activities include writing; publishing poetry and lyrics. Also music: main instruments, bass guitar and guitar.
Honorable mention in the 17th Billboard World Song Contest (2009). Category: Blues and R & B. Lyrics writer for Blues, Country, Jazz and other musical styles. Album “Love and Blues” by Casson / Sheinman on iTunes. Poetry and lyrics collections published on Amazon Kindle; “See You in the Big Time” being his latest book (2011). You can find out more about Louis from his blog http://louisjcasson.blogspot.com
Behance portfolio site (book extracts and MP3Audio files) http://www.behance.net/LJCasson
Louis J. Casson on Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=louis+j+casson&x=18&y=16.
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