Unravelling and weaving, sometimes simultaneously

Chalk Cat

kindhearted woman

This one is from yesterday… I took a day off from the computer. I’ve been losing and gaining days all week, thought yesterday was Sunday, now don’t know what day it is (well, really, I know it is Sunday, but it doesn’t *feel* like Sunday now).

The stray cat’s mournful ululations echo in the garage;

my heart is engaged

such a soft-headed, easy touch I am

for all sorts of strays.

My whole life, like my Mother,

I’ve collected, fed and housed them

because I have known want and need.

I would rather those that cross my path

like the black cat in the porch cochere

would walk on rested, with a full belly.

In the old days,

hobos marked the way to a “good woman”

with a chalk cat,

and I wonder, sometimes,

if I have been marked that way

to show the lost safe harbor.

(c) RCGA, 2013





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