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Natural Spirit ~ Meeting Noone

Natural Spirit ~ Meeting Noone

...I was on my third cup of coffee, when a little face appeared        around the corner of my back-door.  My first instinct was to shoo  the little beast away - but then I stopped - it might be nice to have a  bit of company on a sunny afternoon.
 So I poured a saucer of cat milk and pretended not to notice what  'his/her' response would be (rather too early for undercarriage  inspection).

After a while I heard a tiny sound and I turned to see 'Noone' (as I called the small beast), lapping away at the milk.
Bit by bit, the small creature  moved toward the kitchen door, looking at me with great intent...

Noone was asking me permission to enter, you see - so I backed off and  turned slightly away, to send a quiet invitation. 
The little intruder slowly making a point of not looking at me (or the unwashed mugs)...

I quietly watched the ongoing investigation.....Noone proceeded to  explore every inch of the downstairs rooms, prodding and sniffing and snorting...until eventually I became the target of a 'friendship overture'.
Noone commenced the ritual by slowly pacing around my feet in a circle and then began to wind around my legs, being very careful not to touch them. Cats have a wild and primitive vibration and I could feel the quiver of it as Noone continued the slow-motion Farandole. The ritual dance eventually came to an end.
Noone looked at me...It was my turn to take the lead once more and my carefully offered palm soon had Noone's furry head burrowing into it.
The Farandole re-commenced at a fast pace, with new touching and brushing movements added to the dance - until eventually  Noone  turned toward the door and padded back into the sunlight.

It was then I realised just how long it had been since I'd heard and felt a cat purr.

I won't miss Noone if there is no return visit...

...but just in case

(think of what I'd have missed if I'd just said "Shoo!")
noone and anyone earth by april
wish by spirit and if by yes.

E.E. Cummings

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Anonymous said... 22 July 2008 at 04:07

what a cute cat!

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Unknown said... 22 July 2008 at 13:15

I enjoyed the post. Cats are amazing creatures, I rather like the way that they come and say Hello, sometimes I wonder if they truly belong to anyone. I couldn't keep cats as I have an allergy but I can enjoy the visitors as it is not severe enough to worry me for short periods of time. So I enjoy our visitors, one in particular has become a regular and I look forward to seeing her...the dance you describe is a wonderful analogy and they are so incredibly inquisitive :D Of course for me the different ones have become a never ending source of inspiration, I am amazed at the different personalities. I do think next door has about 5 or 6 and every one is very different. Hope you are well Henry - Chrissy

Anonymous said... 22 July 2008 at 14:32

The eyes on that cat were fabulous!

Anonymous said... 23 July 2008 at 21:28

Oh henry this was beautifully told. Your awareness of the whole 'contact/connection' thing is brilliant. I was very touched by the this because I could sense the communication and intimate between you and the cat...all without words. Spoken language is not needed between those we are aware and in tune. I also found it poignant that you didn't shoo it away. This post expresses a very dear and poignant side or your character. I like it. I am also glad you had a day off as your schedule sounds grueling...a lot like mine. Hugs, Robin

Unknown said... 24 July 2008 at 23:23

Hi arlene, chrissy,Tamera and Robin ~ I keep leaving a little bit of "Whiskas" out each night....but so far (sob) Noone is there.


Anonymous said... 27 July 2008 at 17:57

Oh what a lovely description. I love cats, but they can be so sensitive to first meetings - you seem to have the sensitivity I sometimes lack. I can take something away from this - the need to feel calm and allow the cat (or whatever!) to come to me in it's own time. And I hope no-one will visit you again soon!

And speaking of sensitivity I do hope you didn't mind me ranting on too much about my own Stonehenge experience. I get carried away with my own enthusiasm sometimes. So. The cat... I hope I learned something today :)

Anonymous said... 31 July 2008 at 18:51

How can you not get a calm spirit when you sit and watch your cat? My two are priceless to me, each with different personalities, and antics!

Great write up, love the eyes!

Eric S. said... 3 August 2008 at 10:42

That was wonderful and pleasant, relaxing in it's own way. Animals have a knack for feeling what we need, and responding at just the right time. Cats seem to be more so in-tune than others. I wonder if that is why they are so often related in stories to witches or witch-craft?

Anonymous said... 10 September 2008 at 01:15

You certainly have a depth to your soul that is teaching you valuable things through the ages. It is a choice to learn and grow and not everyone is so receptive to the lessons they are offered.

Anonymous said... 26 September 2008 at 04:04

My parents' cats recently departed from the physical world. The whiskas photo in this blog post reminds me of the brand they liked to eat years ago. Funny how cats develop their own taste preferences.

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