my writing, photography and the occasional handicraft


If I could, I would live without him
entirely. He sits black and sleek, only the sharp
tip of his tail twitching. He watches me,
his clever almond yellow eyes lit from within
like a jack-o-lantern, like the sun. His coat
is dappled by lamp-light, and by the blue
night-glow of empty rooms.
I have made attempts to command him
and to domesticate his wild, animal stillness – that
is what we humans do, after all: we vanquish him –
but the power has made him seem just that
much more enticing and elusive. With his claws
retracted, he is as soft as a velvet blanket pulled up
to my chin, but his weight unsettles me.
Only a thin sheet of glass separates us.

© Jessica Minier Mabe


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