Purrsday Poetry–reading over a shoulder–Katzenworld

PURRSDAY POETRY

Purrsday Poetry: Reader Over My Shoulder by Rachael Z. Ikins

POSTED ON DECEMBER 5, 2019 BY RACHAELIKINS

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Cherie

Is my secretary.

Always dressed, fur-trimmed white

Long sleeves and pants.

She has double-jointed thumbs,

One blue eye, one gold.

She pat-pat-pats the monitor

As it wakes up each morning, beep

And scrawl. She sits behind

Where it begins to warm, head cocked.

She curls in front, guardian of

The keyboard cover. I worry

One day I will come downstairs to start

My  writing and she will have been

hard at it since 4 a.m., cat-poetry

About mice, birds, and invisible winged

Things, a better poet than I.

Cats cut through red tape

Right to the heart of the matter.

Fangs-deep in your jugular. When we

Finish our evening’s rub, she and Katie

Faced-off over my body, Cherie acquiesces,

No blood tonight. She stretches her front leg,

Spreads her seven strange fingers across my face,

That hand. Equipped to scratch

A pot-bellied pig’s itchy back, paw of

Ownership, she sighs.

Or disapproval.

Rachael Z. IkinsAssociate Editor Clare Songbirds Publishing House, Auburn NYhttps://www.claresongbirdspub.com/shop/featured-authors/rachael-ikins/2018 Independent Book Award winner (poetry)2013, 2018 CNY Book Award nominee2016, 2018 Pushcart nomineeWww.writerraebeth.wordpress.comhttps://m.facebook.com/RachaelIkinsPoetryandBooks/@poetreeinmoshun on Instagram@writerraebeth on Tumblr@nestl493 on Twitter

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About Jonathan Caswell

Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and strength...to love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in it...as hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.

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