Grace M. Murray
barely illuminates the honey tabby
stalking, a lioness in miniature,
through the buttercups and primroses
of the yellowed lawn.
pecks at the ochre seed,
black and gold feathers gleaming,
oblivious to the khaki queen's
amber eyes steeled on her target.
jostled by summer breeze
and flicking tail;
all quiet but the golden chirp
of finch caught unawares.
tears a single stripe
of crimson against lemon breast.
has earned her repose.
GRACE M. MURRAY lives in Hampton Roads, Virginia with her husband and fellow writer, Paul W. Murray. She is a chaplain resident and ethics instructor. Her work has been or will be published by
T-Zero Expandizine and Static Movement.