”Encounter” by Virginia Lowe



They met at the back door

He was going out

She was coming in

Bemused, enchanted

They stood face to face

Eye to eye

She was charmed by

His long fluttering eyelashes

Then she took a peck

We rushed to sweep him up

Before she reached his eye

Only eight months old

Though already walking

Without boots

Who was he to stand

Between a chook and her beloved

Cat food? 

12 May 2018

Virginia Lowe

6 thoughts on “”Encounter” by Virginia Lowe

  1. This had a lovely twist at the tale, Virginia. I’d suggest you enter it in Short and Twisted anthology (Celapene Press) when Kathryn Duncan publisher calls for submissions (not sure when, but it will be in Buzz Words).

  2. Did I say I loved the picture – though ours aren’t bold enough to approach while the cats are actually eating, only when they’ve finished. They aren’t clever enough to gang up like this, either. But as we are vegetarian, the cat’s meat is a particular delight to them… Best, Virginia Dr Virginia Lowe Create a Kids’ Book http://www.createakidsbook.com.au PO Box 2, Ormond Victoria 3204 ph: 03 9578 5689 mob: 0400 488 100 “Stories, Pictures and Reality: Two children tell” (Routledge 2007) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Create-a-Kids-Book/216518838392741

  3. Thanks Di, Janet and Jennifer. Just found these comments. I’ve already approached Kathryn, Di, because it was January last year when she called for submissions, and i had two in Short and Twisted 2018. . She said she was giving it a rest for a year, but would get back to it eventually. I’ve refined the poem just a little since the version here. taken out ‘We rushed to swoop…. eye’ – gives it away too soon, i decided, especially as ‘peck’ can be ‘kiss’ which is wittier than I realised.

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