In the Center of the Room


In the center of the room,

with armchairs, devan, and loveseat

quietly encircling,

lies the cat.


The tabby cat,

with soft white bib

and matching socks,

shyly hides his face.


Wiry, white whiskers

poke out here and there;

while sentinel ears stand erect,

in spite of hiding mittens.


Curled in a crescent moon,

the Tabby rests content,

with slow, slumbering breath,

in the center of he room.


©B. Donaldson, 2018. All rights reserved

About bjdonaldson

I'm an average woman who enjoys reflecting on life, writing poetry and ponderings, and having a good laugh. DIY, baking, and cycling are fun, too. If you visited me, I'd invite you in for a cup of coffee and a little chat. I am a Literacy Coach, Reading Specialist, and former classroom and Reading Recovery teacher at an elementary school. Getting up in the morning is not hard; I still love making a difference in the lives of children and teachers.

7 responses »

  1. I love the way this begins with the cat resting and ends with the cat resting. The in-between stanzas help me to create an image of the cat. Without a picture, I feel like I can envision the cat through your words. Such wonderous words and gentle rhythms. I enjoyed my stop.


  2. Nicely done. And in addition to a poem beginning with the setting, you created a circular poem. I think that was one of poetry technique Amy shared one day this month.

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    • It sounds like you know The Poem Farm blog. I am late joining the daily poem writing challenge, and I’m not following it completely Yesterday, when I didn’t have any ideas for a slice, I decided to visit The Poem Farm and use one of Amy’s ideas. What struck me was this bit, “Well, a backyard. And then the child and the snowman and the grandpa just showed up. This happens sometimes. You make a place, and the characters will join you there.” The circular ending just “joined me” as I wrote.

      Thanks for the kind comments. When I read different slices, I notice so many fantastic writers; I know I have a lot of growing to do. So…I just keep reading and writing….and I appreciate the feedback.

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      • I’m following Amy’s post this month. I didn’t join the challenge because I did a daily challenge in Feb and in Mar… and I couldn’t handle Apr… and I wanted time to learn from so many good poets posting in April. I’m leaving you more info as a reply to your comment on my post. Be sure to check it.


  3. “Curled in a crescent moon,
    the Tabby rests content,
    with slow, slumbering breath,
    in the center of the room.”
    Oh, I love this poem and especially your final stanza. That slow, slumbering breath – I can just hear it!

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