Friday, September 2, 2016

love speaks me entire, a word of fur

Snoozing in the Austin sunshine, October 2015

Mine, says the cat, putting out his paw of darkness. 
My lover, my friend, my slave, my toy, says 
the cat making on your chest his gesture of drawing 
milk from his mother’s forgotten breasts. 

You just thought you were going to sleep on your pillow.

Let us walk in the woods, says the cat. 
I’ll teach you to read the tabloid of scents, 
to fade into shadow, wait like a trap, to hunt. 
Now I lay this plump warm mouse on your mat. 

Striking a pose

Lovin' the Texas warmth, 2013

Always chattering

Guarding the balcony garden

You feed me, I try to feed you, we are friends, 
says the cat, although I am more equal than you. 
Can you leap twenty times the height of your body? 
Can you run up and down trees? Jump between roofs? 

Not. Pleased. Tracy, 2012

Let us rub our bodies together and talk of touch. 
My emotions are pure as salt crystals and as hard. 
My lusts glow like my eyes. I sing to you in the mornings 
walking round and round your bed and into your face. 

Snuggly purr ball

Seattle, 2010

Come I will teach you to dance as naturally 
as falling asleep and waking and stretching long, long. 
I speak greed with my paws and fear with my whiskers. 
Envy lashes my tail. Love speaks me entire, a word 

of fur. I will teach you to be still as an egg 
and to slip like the ghost of wind through the grass.

Marge Piercy, “The cat’s song” from Mars & Her Children (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992). First appeared in Matrix 28 (Spring 1989). Copyright © 1989, 1992 by Marge Piercy and Middlemarsh, Inc

Helping with my thesis, 2009

Seattle sun, 2009

Loving the Christmas gift from the parentals, 2006

City kitty, Alameda 2005 


  1. You have some lovely pictures of Bogart.

    1. I don't have many of his early years as cell phones were just phones then.

  2. ...yeah, what's left is Actual Photographs (TM) and many of those are in boxes...

    1. I just want the Actual Cat back. Going to ask someone to drive me the day I pick up his ashes.

    2. I just want the Actual Cat back. Going to ask someone to drive me the day I pick up his ashes.