Sunday, April 08, 2007

Me-ow ... nothing more than me-ow ...

Meet Poly. No, it’s not a misspelling. Poly is short for “polyphonic,” a musical term applied to this cat by my youngest son, now a master’s student in Jazz Studies at the University of Illinois.

Poly was a stray that showed up on our doorstep six years ago, bedraggled and beaten up. We took her to the vet, fixed her up (in more ways than one) and took her in. Poly earned her sobriquet through her unique two-toned meow. Poly would meow in high/low perfect fifths in the key of A (think of the first two notes in the song, “Feelings”).

Life in the wilds of suburban Chicago made Poly nervous and reactive to noises and motion. But the ensuing years have been good to her, and Poly has relaxed and mellowed. Poly would never have stuck around for photo sessions back then. But she put up with me today, happily ignoring me as only a cat can.

Click on picture to enlarge. Photograph © 2007 James Jordan.



That cat sure looks wonderful. Very far from being a stray cat. He looks healthy. He's lucky to have you.

Sheila said...

Love the green eyes. Animal photography seems a departure from your norm but a good one.

James said...

Friday, the cat lives a very comfortable life these days.

sheila, yes it is a departure. The weather and/or alloted time have limited my photo excursions of late, so I've turned a bit to the great indoors.

Miss Trashahassee said...

What a beautiful kitty and perfect photograph of her!

Miss T