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i own two kitties and one of them always sits by the window. this isn't realistic much––we let both of them outside when they want to go, and they always return. just where the inspiration's from.
feedback appreciated

as you ache by the window

February 25, 2019


the movements are watery, like flame on beer
a glassy paw rising to shake dust from
velvet ears, perfect isosceles
in your milk-hazel eyes, i see
rushing rapids, the warm taste of mother,
of home.
every day i arrive from my studies
and you are sat like a pupil
atop the cloak of the chessboard
watching the robins flit and flirt
beneath the crescent sun.
you must yearn, perhaps 
for the tight handle of the door
for a pink, friendly face murky behind glass
an entrance.
and to stretch the plastic claws
across chocolate tree bark
dilate midnight nostrils
in the mint of springtime winds.
but your ribs remain invisible
your fur like sodden snow
and so you ache by the window,
your paws lapping ginger ears
so i watch you, books under arms,
the pupil that never was––
i wish you free.


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  • majestically awkward manatee

    Beautifully written! I love "like flame on beer" and "to stretch the plastic claws across chocolate tree bark." I love this so much!!

    over 1 year ago
  • elisa

    god this is beautiful. kitties are the most elegant animals in the world

    over 1 year ago