Loving for beginners (for Isa)
Focused fur. Always moving, looking
for something new, nervously curious
dark eyes sparkling, while your nose seeks.
Taking love graciously, soft to our touch
but never owned, always moving, looking
for something beyond. Sunflowers?
Or poetry? You have no time for
speaking (or listening, or yearning)
solitary creature, so warm to our touch.
Loving for beginners, you don’t ask
for much. Some water and dry straw,
a peanut a day, space to run.
In return, focused fur, warm and
responsive, just more than a toy: loving
for beginners, my daughter and I.
This is a poem for my daughter’s hamster, Isa. Isa is our fourth hamster and by far the most intelligent and lively and easiest to relate to. I’m not sure how I know this, or how hamsters have characters, but if they could speak and I had to choose one to take out for a drink, it would be Isa (although she’s getting on now, like me).
My daughter has been begging me to buy her a hamster and today we were in the pet store. No, I haven’t caved in yet. I like how easy you make it look to share this love for the new pet…Happy weekend ~
Oh – go on…! I was also reluctant at first (and I will go no further!). I’m fascinated how and why this current one is so much easier to like than the previous three, though – it’s either the luck of the draw or a change in me.
Fortunately my daughter only needs the occasional prompt to look after her and she is very low maintenance (the hamster at least…). I think this aspect is also important to my relationship with her as a pet!
Anyway – I felt Isa deserved a poem before she passes into darkness (another feature of hamsters is short life spans) and I’ll return to poems about humans next week.
Happy weekend to you too ~
We had hamsters, one just dissapeared, another one had young ones quite unexpectedly. I am not too sure I understand them, but I love this poem 🙂
Loving for beginners..a beautiful, lingering thought that elevates the communication with animals to a level of wisdom! Beautiful!
Hamsters breed like rabbits. Always good to have only one at a time.. Smiles…
What a sweet testament to the value of pets in our lives and the real emotions and connections they help us to enjoy.
Never had a hamster, but I used to own two dogs. Pets, regardless of how small, have a way of finding a comfy place, right there under our hearts.
Nice poem for Isa (love that name).
Thanks for sharing.
A Cheerful Glance