I am very honoured and pleased to be hosting my first session behind the bar at the dVerse Poets Pub today. Feel free to join me there for an animal-themed poetry session (and link your own animal poetry if you feel inspired).
There are two reasons for this animal theme: first, it is Poisson d’Avril (the fish which the French use to trick you on April Fools’ Day). Secondly and more selfishly, I cannot get enough of singing the praises of my lovely recently-adopted cat. Today is her (approximate) birthday: we think she is roughly two years old. It has been my lifelong desire to have a cat, always thwarted by parents, landlords, spouses, travel and international moves. But my patience has been rewarded with the sweetest, most affectionate cat in the world. Even though she does bring in an occasional lizard or bird…
At night a cat purrs me to oblivion
with rhythmic chant she kneads my mind
wet nose nestled in my blanket
she slows my needs and wants right down
mistress of silent companionship
she asks nothing, no rush to judge or refute
listens with pupils like pools of ancient knowledge.
I live scarcely aware of the encroachment of loneliness
until the tinkle of her arrival signals comfort
that small paw of trust
nuzzling the crook of my arm
her hunting instincts quelled for the moment
bloodthirst slaked in the wish to be loved.