You stroll across the road in front of us
as though you do not notice us.
Astonished, we capitulate our right of way
and sit in the car, digesting our wonder
at your incursion into this tame neighborhood
spread like a blanket
over the wildness of the desert.

It is no wonder
that life in this place
seems to be laden
with occasional visits
of rattlesnakes and bobcats
such as yourself,
but it is by chance that,
like a brief vacation from our own banality,

we bear witness to your incursion.

Even given your languid stroll,
I cannot move quickly enough to record it,
but providence provides,
and minutes after we pull into the garage and come inside,
an email arrives from the neighbor
that records your incursion
into his backyard.

He stalked you with his camera,
and we with our eyes
as you strolled serenely
in between your own stalkings.

Oh, bobcat,
beautiful element

of that wild nature that surrounds
and enriches us
and which, in spite of
evidence to the contrary,
we are a part of—

If I were religious,
these words
of your sighting
would be my prayer.

Prompts today are chance, capitulate, digest, lade and astonished. Photo by Paul Brown. Thanks, Paul, for capturing what I could only try to capture in words. Photo taken on Friday afternoon, April 16, 2021. Location: Trilogy at Vistancia, Peoria, Arizona.

16 thoughts on “Bobcat

        1. lifelessons Post author

          What I meant is that it seemed like just an ordinary occurrence in life. No fanfare, no preparations. She just crossed languidly in front of us, not even noticing us, and slowly sauntered away.

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  1. slmret

    It’s a beautiful animal, and a beautiful photo. We are seeing occasional bobcats within housing complexes, as well as many coyotes — it seems that the pandemic has kept people indoors and the animals have rediscovered their lands!

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      1. slmret

        Our deer mostly disappeared when Aliso Viejo was built about 30 years ago. I have seen one small herd in the hills outside of San Juan Capistrano, but none elsewhere. in this area. I’m glad the coyotes and bobcats are still around, though I wouldn’t want to encounter one in the wild!


        1. lifelessons Post author

          The bobcat wouldn’t bother you unless it felt its young were threatened or unless it was cornered and you posed a threat. Coyotes became less afraid of humans when people started feeding them and one nipped a neighbor of my parents in the butt once..but generally, they will maintain their distance with humans, although the females will lure male dogs off for the males of the pack to attach. Wanton hussies.


  2. Marilyn Armstrong

    Our bobcats were like yours. Not only did they stroll, but they set up housekeeping first in our neighbor’s shed, then later in my tepee. A whole litter were birthed in my tepee. I saw her (and her kittens) often. They have moved on. They are serious eaters and after they ate ever single rabbit, chipmunk, and other small thing, they had to find another area. We have too many predators and too little prey. But wild places are getting so scarce that our creatures are packed into tiny areas and there’s never enough to eat. I worry about them. I’m happy every time I discover that they are still living elsewhere!



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