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Marge Piercy - The Cat's Song

Mine, says the cat, putting out his paw of darkness. 
My lover, my friend, my slave, my toy, says 
the cat making on your chest his gesture of drawing 
milk from his mother's forgotten breasts. 

Let us walk in the woods, says the cat. 
I'll teach you to read the tabloid of scents, 
to fade into shadow, wait like a trap, to hunt. 
Now I lay this plump warm mouse on your mat. 

You feed me, I try to feed you, we are friends, 
says the cat, although I am more equal than you. 
Can you leap twenty times the height of your body? 
Can you run up and down trees? Jump between roofs?

Let us rub our bodies together and talk of touch. 
My emotions are pure as salt crystals and as hard. 
My lusts glow like my eyes. I sing to you in the mornings
walking round and round your bed and into your face. 

Come I will teach you to dance as naturally 
as falling asleep and waking and stretching long, long. 
I speak greed with my paws and fear with my whiskers. 
Envy lashes my tail. Love speaks me entire, a word 

of fur. I will teach you to be still as an egg 
and to slip like the ghost of wind through the grass. 

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Poet: Marge Piercy
Poem: The Cat's Song
Poem of the Day: Dec 7 2005

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Cornelia from Slovenia
Comment 1 of 3, added on October 23rd, 2007 at 4:16 PM.

That is my Henry to a T! He wakes me every morning, and he thinks he is a dog. He greets me at the door when I get home from work, and follows me like a puppy. I loved this poem!

Nancy Viens from United States

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