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A Cat Tale
By F William (Bill) Broome
Saturday, April 29, 2006

Rated "PG13" by the Author.

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For those who understand what nature is, and like it that way.....

A Cat Tale

During a long day of the ordinary, a walk proved that things werenít ever
mundane and they happen whether Iím there or not; like the huge grey
cat walking the roof line of the two story brown house, stopping at the
edge as if to wonder if his next move might be worth it.

He leaps suddenly into space as I witness a furry missile hurtling
through the air; a feline flyer floating between roof and tree with the abandonment of a trapeze artist, then to disappear deep inside a clump
of thick leaves and tree branches.

Did this crafty adventurer transport himself over twenty feet just for
the hell of it, or for good reason? It was a question without answer as
I strain to find him in the camouflage of a mighty oak. I hear it before
seeing the commotion, amidst the loud rustle of the fall. I watch him
plummet from the bottom limbs onto grass and unforgiving ground.

His entire body hits the earth with the firmness than a competing high jumper into a sand box. Staring at the still alive fur ball beneath the tree, and seeing it move slowly and carefully, I am convinced that the hunter has thrown himself into his work.

His leap of faith and hunger, successfully captures a large blue jay in his jaws before instinctively allowing his body and catch-of-the-day to return to the ground. The huge feline seemed to have been cushioned by an inborn ability to fall,feet-first from whatever height.

Refusing to hang around for his indelicate feasting, I push away from
the fence, and begin walking again, shaking my head in disbelief. I had seen nature at its peak; demonstrating small animal skill for the basic need of the star performer.

And, as my rewarding stroll continues I imagine the old boy enjoying his find, then licking his paws for a bit of cleanup before retiring to his bed in the corner of a big kitchen full of good smells and daring-do cat dreams.

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Reviewed by shuyaasha misra 7/17/2009
sir, you have a very honest way of writing . its very rare, and seen in only the very best..
Reviewed by John Domino 6/1/2009
Hi Bill,

A very nice cat story.
May I include it in My Wiskers book?
I completed my Mentoring To-Go book a few months ago.
I wrote to you about mentoring interest many months ago.
Would you be interested in checking out my website and the book?

Many Blessings,

John Michael
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 9/9/2007
such a gift to witness the reality and magic of life-i truly enjoyed this story
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 5/9/2006
A glimpse of nature, in the middle of our 'civilised' world, nicely done,
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/30/2006
Purrrfection! Very well done, Bill!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/29/2006

You capture the cat's PURRsolality PURRfectly! You don't own him, he owns you. :) An excellent story, thanks for sharing.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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