not Blake’s tyger

old cat of mine!   friend
with eyes tending toward green
little tiger of our home   you’re silent

dozing in your favorite chair
dreaming of some feline love
if not, then why the purring

your whiskers twitch
thinking on the clear night
lover of harrowing stars

sunset calls you through the window
with sinuous grace you sit up
you yawn such a long yawn

not from being tired but as emblem
of the ancient order of tigers
a long thunderless bellow
all teeth and maw but no sound

before leaving you come to me
to pay your felid respects
to have me see anew those eyes
tending toward green

now you have gone
into that long night
lover of harrowing stars

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2013


2 responses to “not Blake’s tyger

  1. Zellie M. Quinn

    While my cats are Tigers Tigers Burning Bright… Most the time they’re dozing in MY chair…

  2. The favorite chair of our cat was my chair (or maybe I was the interloper) – thanks for stopping by again…

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