Iowa Writes

MARGARET HORN
Cat and Mouse Game


the cat snarls

    flexes its claws

    strikes out at the mouse

        the unsuspecting mouse

    just sits there

    unprotected

        the swift feline

    pounces and

    easily snares

    the mouse in its paws

the cat snarls

    flexes its claws

    strikes out at the mouse

        the unsuspecting mouse

    just sits there

    unprotected

        the swift feline

    pounces and

    easily snares

    the mouse in its paws

        the mouse is confused

    it doesn't know what hit it

        the cat plays with the mouse

    tossing it up in the air

          this way

            that way

        the mouse is diverted

    by the crafty cat

    into thinking something

        it did

    caused the situation

        the cat laughs to himself

        the silly mouse

    he says scornfully

    never catches on to my game

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Since 2006, Iowa Writes has featured the work of Iowa-identified writers (whether they have Iowa roots or live here now) and work published by Iowa journals and publishers on The Daily Palette. Iowa Writes features poetry, fiction, or nonfiction twice a week on the Palette.

In November of 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Iowa City, Iowa, the world's third City of Literature, making the community part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Iowa City has joined Edinburgh, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia as UNESCO Cities of Literature.

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MARGARET HORN

Margaret Horn works at the Center for Credit Programs at the University of Iowa and helps students register for Guided Independent Study, Saturday & Evening, and Distance Education courses. She has written a novel on domestic violence and lives in Iowa City.

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on May 20, 2006

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