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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Hear (07/08/10)

TITLE: On The Catwalk
By Rikki Akeo


Darting from a door, ajar,
Our whiskered, furry friend,
Though splotchy brown-
Miss Gray she was,
Born of her stony blend.

Though wisdom sought to call her out
With pop-top can in tow,
The sound, the scent, the time ill spent-
All failed to bring Gray home.

Like any family member
Who'd been missing several days,
A hotline just for furry friends
Would minimize such craze.

Instead, into the darkest night-
With desperation mounting,
I called out in the silenceā€¦
First day one, then two and counting.

'Twas on day three-under the moon,
Whilst neighbors remained sleeping,
I sounded off in Gray Cat code
And she responded, weeping.

I peered below each vented house.
Sure that she'd hit resistance,
Although relieved; my kitty cat
Was not too far by distance.

I walked the road of idle threat
A two cell Mag in hand,
Perhaps it was Ryobi-
(disregard the flashlight brand).

I set my sights on finding her,
My ears on every cry.
Erroneous- I scanned the ground,
For Gray was in the sky!

Beams were redirected
As I closed in on our gap.
Just above; a power pole-
And on that pole, my cat!

My first thought was confusion,
How my precious kitty strayed-
Since roaming capabilities
Should be thwarted since she's spayed.

Yea, right.

Rejuvenation hit her
And Miss Gray began to walk,
Suspended lines of wire
Known as travel tele-talk.

I cringed before I turned away,
Gray's logic- long abated.
My presence made her courage strong,
Her patience- aggravated.

I left her on a two by four,
Until the morning light.
She cried out in her kitty call,
That lasted through the night.

My neighbors bound together.
Each had offered their backyard.
Who knew the help I needed,
Would be coming from afar.

For a ladder propped efficiently,
I'd spot behind a wall.
Just as my loving husband
Was prepared to risk a fall.

He took the borrowed ladder.
Less than 5, he rescued Gray.
I doubt our door will be ajar,
That she--again--will stray.

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Beth LaBuff 07/15/10
Ha ha! I LOVE this! You have so many fun images and lines. GREAT work on the poetry! You have serious poetry skills!
Ruth Brown07/18/10
Clever and so cute. Poor kitty. Great title too. Blessings,Ruth
Mona Purvis07/18/10
I believe I remember this well from prayer requests? And those of us (me included) who worried for the kitty.
Love that you took the trial and made something as great as this poem.
Very good writing.

Maria Egilsson07/18/10
Freedom Writer, what a great job putting together this slice of real life with your runaway cat.

Chely Roach07/18/10
This was quirky and fun. I loved the line about disregarding the flashlight brand, and I laughed out loud to your, Yea, right. Well done!
Lollie Hofer07/19/10
Cute, clever, witty, fun, well done. Enjoyed the flow of the poem as well.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/19/10
This was so fun to read. Great job.
Amanda Brogan07/19/10
SOOOO cute! Very out-of-the-catbox poem! HeHe! (Maybe that doesn't sound quite right.)
Very clever rhyming! I hope Miss Gray listens to her wise owners and stays inside next time. :)
Carol Slider 07/20/10
Fun to read all the way through--though there were a few moments of real tension there (I love cats!). So glad she's safe. I was always told, too, that spaying/neutering kept cats close to home... but, alas, it never worked for my indoor/outdoor kitties. Enjoyed this a lot--well done.
Shirley McClay 07/21/10
Not a poem person, but I read this all the way through! Very fun and entertaining... and easy to read!
Colin Swann07/21/10
Witty,cute and very amusing. You have a unique style here! Thanks. Enjoyed! Colin
Edmond Ng 07/21/10
Fun reading of a stray! (",)
Beth LaBuff 07/22/10
Hey congrats, Rikki on your well-deserved "highly commended!"
Edy T Johnson 07/27/10
Obviously your readers like your writing, judging by all the comments! You are certainly a poet! You know how to tell a story in perfect rhyme and rhythm. I love poetry, and this is simply terrific. Congratulations, too!