lizbrownlee – poet

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O is for Ocelot

This beautiful image of an ocelot was taken by Dan Bodenstein on Flikr.

Ocelot Dan Bodenstein

Ocelots are found in South America. They have exquisite coats, that can vary in colour and markings, and each is unique.

They are solitary, like most cats, and only come together to mate, although sometimes cats of the same sex sleep together during the day, when they rest.

Their coats are incredibly good at camouflaging them – and so beautiful that hundreds of thousands of them were once killed for their fur.

They became endangered, but are now in a much better position after protection.

However they are still hunted illegally and poached for their fur and meat in Trinidad, and in all areas they lose numbers because of habitat loss and from being killed by cars.

Here is my ocelot poem for today:




The way water

ripples sands

and the little stones

on river beds,

arranges the

dark lines

on the coat

of the ocelot,

patterned for

waiting in its

resting tree

until the night.


At dusk

its eyes stake claim

in the hunt

for deer or bird,

with the

insistent gaze

of the obligate



stalks its web

of territory

with longing

in its lithe

predator’s bones,



exquisitely coated,

its red gold and jet

both a protection

and threat.


Photo © Dan Bodenstein

Poem © Liz Brownlee

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  1. What a gorgeous picture you found for this post! Amazing eyes. Loved your poem. I’m doing a poem a day, also.

    Donna Smith
    AtoZ Challenge
    Mainely Write


    • Hello Donna, thank you, will come and see you now!


  2. Love this poem and captures the plight of this beautiful cat. I love this cat-it is so sleek

    Liked by 1 person

  3. What an incredibly beautiful animal and what a lovely poet you are! So glad you stopped by earlier so I could check you out via A-Z. I write poetry too, so would love to have you check those out post A-Z when you get some time 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Oh those eyes! Lovely poem too.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. “Lithe predator’s bones” describes cats beautifully. If I ever have another domestic cat I want one with those markings. Not an ocelot, naturally!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Thanks, Liz. i know the breed of the cat that has markings similar. They are very beautiful.


  6. Ocelots are so gorgeous. It is so sad they are threatend. Lovely poem!


  7. Ula

    Ocelots are beautiful. I love your poem; it has a great rhythm.

    Liked by 1 person

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