Tuesday, April 12, 2016

AN OCCASIONAL POEM FOR MYLES THE CAT

     —for Neil Astley, and the cats of Sheep Cottage
          ekphrastic poem after a photo by Neil Astley

Portrait of a young tabby
with puzzled white markings
nestled in an old birdhouse, 
slaked with lichen and moss,
amid catkins, pussywillows.
First forsythia bursts into bloom, 
remnants of an abandoned garden.
Church bells knelling for mass, 
and in a far field, a wether works 
the green distance down to earth
while a homeward pair of bluebirds
circle the cat—an aureole of light.

4/12/2016



first draft:  Portrait of a young Myles nestled in an old birdhouse, first forsythia in bloom, catkins, pussywillows, church bells tolling for mass, a wether works the green distance down to earth.

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