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Poem for Christmas: 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!

Enjoy other poems about my cats including a few poems I’ve recorded on audio or with slideshows.
Read other poetry on Today and on my poetry page.

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6 thoughts on “Poem for Christmas: Solstice Moon

  • Such a moving piece. My heart wishes this was the first scene of an animated movie, so I could step into the misty world you painted and go on the adventure. It’s just beautiful, Bernadette.

    • Thank you, Chris–I hope that some day I’ll be able to follow through with those dreams. It’s funny you mention–I had envisioned this as the last scene with the cat appearing in the moonbeams…

    • Wildcat Woods, a very merry Christmas to you and all the cats you care for. Thank you for your generosity and hard work on behalf of felines!

  • Nancy Blue Moon

    A beautiful, haunting poem and illustration..Merry Christmas Bernadette, Mimi, Mewsette, Mr Sunshine, Giuseppe, Jelly Bean & sweet precious Lady Emeraude..Hugs to all of you!

    • Thanks, Nancy–it means just as much to me today as it did then. Thanks for remember all in our household, and we wish you and yours a Merry Christmas as well!


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