a door opens, a door closes: leaving no time for escape. recalculation for the morrow but for now, at least, some peace. quiet, stillness, lighted space: a sunbeam warming fur. catnap, daydream, fluid recline: all broken with a buzz.
eyes dart to follow hollow sound: muscles tense in preparation. the line of sight is left unfound, but focus obscures resignation. another buzz, eyes lock on target, as body steadies for a pounce. a jump, a swat, a tiny kill: the thrill of prey for predator.
quiet, stillness, lighted space: a steady state again restored. position resumed on the ground, loose ends tied to maintain order. sunbeam shifting inch by inch over days and days of boredom. birds chirp in trees, their mocking sounds, one day, they too, will be silenced.
a door opens, a door closes, for a counted on return. an arm reaches down, and face reaches back: more a handshake than a pet. a mutual agreement of casual cohabitants, this so-called domestication. friendship traded for a daily feast of fancy, there are worse ways to be sated.