I see orange, zaboca and olive trees,
Lemon, banana, plantain and palm leaves
Blowing in the breeze.
As ochro and sorrel plants
Nod their heads in time to Nature’s music.
My Mum has just finished a late breakfast,
We slept in a bit… a lazy start to our day.
Once I have finished my coffee
She will have her shower and go out to sit
In the living room to read her newspapers,
Look at tv and pray.
She wears her 98 years well,
Is wonderfully serene,
She asks for so little, but
That is how she has always been.
It is drizzling now and my two little dogs are
Sleeping on towels in the porch.
Every now and then Tawny snores and
Marble’s nose twitches… little angels when they are sleeping.
I miss Cattie dreadfully, I just wish she knew,
And that I am trying to take care of her ‘from a distance.’
I still hope that she’ll decide in the near future
As Sarah said she might do,
‘To allow herself to be caught’
And will rejoin our family.
Note: Zabocas – local name for avocados
Cattie – our semi-domesticated, once feral cat that ran off when we moved but goes back to our old home and is being fed by relatives, our former neighbors with food and treats I send for her and her sometime beau Long Tail on a regular basis.