A satin silent night,
A silver path through my window,
And silken paws paused to stay
On the pillow next to me.
Aside from class assignments here and there through school, this was my first poem. Its inspiration and subject? I was actually home for Christmas, in my old room, and missed my cat Bootsie, who had earlier that year been moved to live with me at college. Not only was she not there, but there was no cat at all and I’d grown quite accustomed to sharing my space with cats. I had referenced this poem and Bootsie coming to be with me in college in “The Unintended Gift”.
Now when I read it I think of all the cats who slept on that pillow whose silken paws are touched by the moonlight, not with sadness, but with the love and hope with which I originally wrote this poem.
May you remember with fondness on this Christmas Eve all the felines who’ve shared your life, and all the animals and humans who are and have been a part of your life. Merry Christmas!
Inspired by felines you know! Visit Portraits of Animals on Etsy this Holiday Season.
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