The eve of the cat

Moon hangs bright above,
swollen orb watching like a giant eye,
shadows guiding the branches like skeletal fingers
grasping as we find our way
in the darkness we hear her purr.
She moves in between the dark and light
memories of childhood
gleeful fright,
soft and seductive her voice calls forth
sharp nails catch on silky drapes
shredding the strings
she happily plays.
The moods shifting in and out
bringing a smile, perhaps a pout
and costumes betray no curve or ounce
we crawled on all fours being
as stealthy as she,
as the masked crusaders tried
to capture their prey
she toyed so artfully
yet often foiled,
till next time kids
we’d sigh and dream
of heroes and villains
and knowing that it wasn’t real,
took pleasure in playing all of the parts,
when innocence was the easiest art
and we could be everyone
wearing our masks,
till night came to call
Happy Halloween to all
and live and laugh
be all of that and more,
but I will wear my tail
and whiskers too perhaps
after of course,
my cat nap.

Image of my favorite cat lady of all time….meow….purr…..

19 thoughts on “The eve of the cat

  1. I wore a lot of hand-me-downs when I was a kid. We lived in a low income, rural area. My grandma was a dressmaker, and mum had a teacher friend who made beautiful clothes for a daughter a bit older than me. I reckon I did better than most ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I was blessed with a mother who sewed everything and two sisters, so it was often hand me downs but in hindsight, it’s cool ๐Ÿ™‚ although we lived in the country till I was in 4th grade so not a lot of houses to go trick or treating to ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. You sound like my daughter Laura. She was painfully shy, and as a child, whenever she was going to a fancy dress do, I’d ask her what costume she wanted to wear. She always wanted to be a cat – a black cat with a white tail. It made life easy, but I used to wish she’d go for something different…

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  4. I always loved Eartha Kitt and was often cat woman as a trick or treater (cheap and easy costume to make) when you didn’t have a lot of money to spend. I googled the pic, but her smile shines so brightly….I think I always like halloween because as a shy kid, you could be who ever you wanted to be, inspires me to this day, but I do like to be myself….my awesome self of course is what I tell hubby…gets a laugh every time ๐Ÿ™‚

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