3913. Brunel Way (120)

Aha! This is a brilliant piece from Daz Cat, with an awful lot more going on than the usual portrait of a cat that the artist usually serves up. Here we have a story ‘life’s not a race’ and it would seem that it was inspired by Daz Cat’s observations that some of the people around him are keen to grow up too quickly, or perhaps more quickly than he is. The tortoise is a common metaphor for such a commentary. Daz Cat considers this one of his best pieces to date, and I must say that I don’t disagree.

Daz Cat, Brunel Way, Bristol, August 2021
Daz Cat, Brunel Way, Bristol, August 2021

Larger than his more common portrait pieces, this story is framed nicely and contains an industrial (dark) backdrop, in front of which the cat (a self-portrait of sorts) sits contentedly and rather eccentrically on/in the back of a tortoise. The ski goggles are a nice touch and something Daz Cat has painted before. A classic piece from this young artist who recently has stepped up a level.

To Dorchester


The engine drags us through

a rich and verdant land

lush from unusually heavy summer rains


The rhythm is punctuated by small stations

boasting tidy flowerbeds and once busy buildings

that slumber now as polluting cars

offer a more convenient means of travel


I am afforded the luxury of time to think

and to stare out of the window

where I see my life dashing by

each blade of grass a memory lost


Closer now to my destination than to my home

the journey has passed all too quickly

I should have liked a little more time, just a little,

to have lingered a while at each of the stops along the way.


by Scooj


* something of a rarity from me. Always a little nervous of sharing poems other than haikus or tankas.