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  Beast Within
by andrea coltman
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
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Beast Within


I love my cat with all my heart

But the beast within her occupies a part

For Mother Nature got there first

And gave her an instinct to kill; a thirst


At five in the morning I woke with a jolt

And ran downstairs like a thunderbolt

My eyes befell a wretched, sad sight

A quivering fledgling full of fright


A present from Cocoa, my cat, to me

I wanted to cry, set that poor bird free

What fate awaits that poor little might?

My thoughts; I wished it died peacefully in the night


For how can I play mother hen?

And what to feed, how and when?

Now it’s just a waiting game

That poor bird will never tame


Death, I know, will knock on my door

And claim that chick from my floor

I love my cat with all my heart

But the beast within her is a frightening part




p.s.  I’m sure I heard my cat singing:

“One, two, three, four, five

Once I caught a bird alive

Six, seven, eight, nine, ten

Then I let it go again….!!!”



© Andrea Coltman


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Reviewed by A PAX
oh i know how u feel, my older dog has that killer instinct.......I caught him with a chipmonk in his mouth twice, and have found dead unidentifiable remains in my garden.......its instinct.........
so what can you do? Other than not let him lick me........I am helpless.......ahhhhhhhhhh
Reviewed by Sandie Angel
I agree with Ron's statement: "A cat is just being a cat", and that's just what cat do.

She was just trying show off or play with the bird, but unfortunately had kill it by accident.

So sorry for your loss.

~ Sandie Angel a.k.a. May Lu ~

Reviewed by Regis Auffray
Great write on the nature of cats and of nature itself. Thank you, Andrea. Love and peace to you. Regis
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson
A cat is just being a cat..
Well written.........
Reviewed by E T Waldron
Andrea, it is a dilemma! Very well written!
If you think of the birds we eat
(chicken,etc;-)you might feel better towards your
cat who is only doing what comes naturally...
Reviewed by Andrea Da Costa (Reader)
LOL.....had to laugh at the P.S.....I bet she was singing too! but seriously I always find it hard to come to terms with the beast in all must eat life just to live.
Nice write Andrea :-)

Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader)
Andrea I am having an awful problem with this..
we adore birds and have six feeders and four
birdbaths....and our neighbors cat...which is truly
lovely...creeps into our backyard area and
kills the birds....we do not want to harm the cat..
but I am looking for ways to keep it out of our
garden and away from my birds...I found a gorgeous
gold finch dead this as you can see...
I really relate to this...I guess it is their instinct..
and they dont mean to kill but to play..but in the meantime
manytimes the bird dies....floria
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader)
I love this, just love it. Cats just being...cats!
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
LOL, my cats were such cowards they brought in anothers old kill and tried to look proud, but give them their due they used to bring in a neighbours abanded kittins and feed them their own food, just gotta love 'em, and this great poem, keep up such great stuff..
Reviewed by Nicole Davis Vergara (Reader)
Awwwww Andrea this is so wonderful a slice of natural life even though it may make us squemish...very good work!!!!

Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie
Such a touching and moving poem, Oh dear, reminds me of my cat bringing me a piece of steak from someone's barbeque!

Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader)
I love cats and birds both, Andrea, as you do...and I have had
to come to the realization that the cat is no more guilty of a
bad act catching and eating a bird, than we are of killing and
eating a mammal.
It's the system, hon.

I enjoyed your poem, and shared the angst.
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero
Good poem, Andrea. It is unsettling, I know, but an animal's natural instinct. They kill for food, mostly, and rarely, if ever, each other. Humans do, however. And sometimes just out of sheer malice!

Carmen :-)
Reviewed by Debashish Haar (Reader)
Thanks for this poem!
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
That picture of your cat is adorable, Andrea. And they do have an instinct to hunt, as, unfortunately, many humans do - part of the beast in us, too.

I've quit letting my felines outside since I love birds as well as cats, and I can't stand to see the little birdies suffer.

Several years ago, a huge feral cat used to deliver squirrels to my back door. I guess he thought I was too dumb to find my own food.
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers
It's instinct you know? Nature has made cats of all sizes predators. Just be glad she's a house cat and not a ferrel cat.
I hope the chick pulls through, and the beast within is tamed.
Good write Andrea. Lisa
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson
Andrea, a wonderful piece. Cats are some of the strangest of creatures around. They are at times a joy to watch, and then there those presents which can come to your step in all forms of things that wiggle, crawl or fly. An enjoyable read.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
In the next life of mine I want to be a CAT...and all men must be little!!

They will never have a day of!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Magnus Rater (Reader)
Oh to be cat where that dark side can be accepted and for which I do not have be accountable! Yes, dear Darwin - the survival of the species - or is it the survival of the fastest?!
Self awareness identifies the Jungian-named SHADOW within each of us. To know is to open understanding - this, in turn brings balance.

Thank you, ANDREA, for yet another maspterpiece of creative and insightful writing!

Now I know why I prefer dogs!!!

Reviewed by Lori Moore
The cat instinct is what makes them unique in the domestic animal kingdom. I enjoyed this piece. Nicely done.
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