Orange cat : Rainy Saturday

My bargain-bin paperback,

“The Sea, The Sea,”


Next to a half inch of Merlot;

Both rest atop a broken-down

Wooden clock

Never to tick again.

I lounge,

Half awake

On a lumpy hand-me-down love-seat

Listening to steady rain

Surrounded by

Windows and dusty toys.

Orange cat finds me

An adequate pillow

Jumps onto my chest

Shoves wet nose under my chin

Purrs and makes himself comfortable.

I pull up his lip to peer at his sharp teeth

Gaze up to the porch roof

To painted pine boards

Pierced by sharp nails

Bury my fingers in soft fur


If sleep will come soon.

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