For Christmas Eve: Solstice Moon

“Solstice Moon”, pastel with text, poem and illustration © B.E. Kazmarski

Solstice Moon

A satin silent night,
A silver path through my window,
And silken paws paused to stay
On the pillow next to me.

“Solstice Moon” © 1981 Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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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 returned with me to college. Not only was she not there with me, 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 since then who slept on my 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 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!


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2 thoughts on “For Christmas Eve: Solstice Moon

  • December 24, 2014 at 11:18 pm
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    I have loved this poem before and I love it still..to all of those unforgettable paws..Merry Christmas to you and your sweet kitty family Bernadette..

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  • December 24, 2014 at 7:49 pm
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    I remember all the wonderful furry kitties that shared my pillow and life.
    How much they enrich our lives 🙂
    Merry Christmas!

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