The cat lies on the countertop
between two perking coffee pots
warm with an exhaling purr
before sleep wraps around the trio
like the cat’s tail around its toes
while stuffing steams
from the turkey cavity,
and Thanksgiving guests
stare at napkins
lying on their laps
like a cat insisting attention.
The mannequin stands guard
in the store’s nightlight shadows --
at first a startling thief
slinking in the corner of eyesight
frozen now under watchful stare
smiling that in a blink
it plays statue, a harmless fright
from the other side of the glass.
Diane Webster's goal is to remain open to poetry ideas from everyday life and nature and to write with a different perspective or different images. Her work has appeared in "Illya's Honey," "Old Red Kimono" and other literary magazines both in print and online.