A Little Drama

For Margaret’s Photo prompt on Real Toads for day 28 of NAPOWRIMO. Two pictures in the several given appealed to me.


“The mass of [men] live lives of quiet desperation.” Henry David Thoreau

The cat is desperate.
the woman holds on tightly –
she found the cat in the street
and rescued it, thinking she was doing it a favor.
The cat wants to go to her kittens
hidden under a basket in the back
of the abandoned store but the woman keeps hold,
never realizing she is condemning
the tiny blind kittens to death,
staring out at the street
into herself and not the cat.
anyone can see the cat is desperate.
anyone but the woman.

Unidentified Woman ca. 1950’s – Walter Silver Photographs

She stares out at the city sky –
staring at the almost invisible clouds
eaten alive by the pigeons
who perch on buildings
storming the air with their inevitable
she remembers the country
from which she escaped years ago,
the house filled with too many people,
the ragged wash hung out to dry.
all she wanted was to be alone.
now she is alone –
except for this cat she picked up off the street.
the cat doesn’t like her.
but still she clings.
A sad little cat is better than nothing.

House with trees and clothesline – Walter Silver Photographs






16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Magaly Guerrero
    Apr 28, 2019 @ 14:49:46

    Every now and again, charity can really hurt. And most of the time the one causing the hurting (while convinced that it is help) doen’t even notice. Poor cat.


  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Apr 28, 2019 @ 15:04:53

    Misguided help can be worse than not helping at all… poor cat, and poor woman too…


  3. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Apr 28, 2019 @ 15:06:05

    …oh, the power of an image to foster such creativity – and I am hooked – can’t help but feel for those kittens, the woman who so desperately wants love – you paint quite a plight here…


  4. sanaarizvi
    Apr 28, 2019 @ 15:24:59

    Sometimes no matter how hard we try to do something charitable and good for other people it doesn’t seem to affect them. Evocative write.


  5. coalblack
    Apr 28, 2019 @ 15:32:55

    Kitty does indeed look distressed to be held there. One thing I have learned long ago is not to hold any animal too tightly; they like to feel that they can leave any time. I also really like the idea of a backstory connected with that house. Well done, fren. ZP says gib you chimken nuggerz.


  6. Susie Clevenger
    Apr 28, 2019 @ 17:22:17

    Yes, help can become harm. What a unique view/story for the image.


  7. Sherry blue sky
    Apr 28, 2019 @ 17:34:11

    I felt the same way about the photo……poor kitty. I got a kick out of the message from Zacky Peanut and your response. Lol.


  8. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Apr 28, 2019 @ 19:12:46

    I love this interpretation, and that I was not the only one to see how tightly and uncomfortably the cat is being held there. You took it further with the insight into why the woman behaves that way, so we end up with compassion for her as well as the cat.


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