The Cat Poems, 11. Gone. Revised

Oh darling cat

Caring cautious calm


Cat dead

We will never love again


We’ll never love again.

You died a painful death







Into the engine

Of that auto

When I was here

Right here

Waiting for you to scratch

At the latch.

Or was I here?

That was the end

Of my second week

Without relief

Pounding out

What has become

With this awful news

An implicating mistake I wish I could erase.

Did I just not hear you scratching?

Oh darling cat

You are not the first love I have lost

At such a terribly high cost.


©  Susan Lynn Gesmer, The Cat Poems, 1980

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