Cat and Mouse

It’s a game of cat and mouse.
You hide.
I seek.
You disappear,
appear,
vanish
and reappear again.
All while I am
one step
behind.

A magical illusion occurs.
I see a rabbit
lifted from a hat.
I fail to see where it goes.
I fail to see where it goes
when the magician releases the long ears.
When you stride off
I fail to see where you go.

I sigh with relief when I see your smile.
I think it is over
but off you go again.
The pattern repeats.
There is no end.
It is a game of perpetual motion
but I do not want to play anymore.
I am tired of chasing you
chasing dreams
chasing hopes for the future.

Rules keep changing to meet your needs.
Your hungry craving
to hide in the shadows
leaves me tip toeing
through muddy streets and
entering places I did not know
anyone could go.
I am scared you will
get lost and forget your way
out of the corner
that draws you
from the light.

I am afraid
that I will only fit
going in
and will not be able to wiggle
and slither
myself
back
to the light of day.

It is exhausting.

I don’t want to play anymore.
You are so engrossed.

The game has taken on
a life of its own.

4 thoughts on “Cat and Mouse

  1. Meghan says:

    Powerful and at at times penetratingly sad. You have found your voice when you wrote ” I don’t want to play anymore”, which is both powerful and authentic. As a poem this is very well written and conveys strong images and voice. Just as a good poem should. Well done!

  2. mincs1 says:

    Thank-you, Meghan 🙂

  3. cherylfoston says:

    Wow! This poem has so many variations to it. Very impressive.

  4. mincs1 says:

    Thank-you for taking the time to write a comment Cheryl. I really appreciate it!

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