Literary Fiction cats poetry The Sea poem

Storm and Spirit

By Lucy Gabriel
Sep 16, 2019 · 69 words · 1 minute

Photo by Barth Bailey via Unsplash.

From the author: "Storm and Spirit" was written in a workshop about the sculpture Sea Music, and published in the community anthology.


The sea is a mackerel tabby,
temperamental. When she sleeps
you can see her dreams
in twitching whiskers and curled paws.

Don't been fooled when she rolls
on her back.
A bared belly is not an invitation
except to get bitten.

She chases the lighthouse laser pointer,
lashes waves with her tail.
Then pounces, ears back,
disembowels a boat with coral claws
and chews wood to splinters.

Storm spent,
she finds a quiet space,
curls in the sun's warmth
and purrs against the shore.


Lucy Gabriel

Lucy Gabriel writes poems about, well, everything.