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April 7: I Dreamed of Being Mothered by a Cat

Even we dog people can identify with this poem of longing by Julie Kane, from her new book from LSU Press, MOTHERS OF IRELAND.


I Dreamed of Being Mothered by a Cat


I dreamed of being mothered by a cat,

Sunk in her plush as in a featherbed.

I'd never known a happiness like that.


My human mother's claws would not retract.

Even her language could unzipper red.

I dreamed of being mothered by a cat


Who'd giver her life to save me from attack.

I sensed that fierceness in her as I fed.

I'd never known a happiness like that.


If there were siblings, I ignored that fact.

I had her to myself (or I forget)

The whole time I was mothered by a cat.


One dream can strike you like a thunderclap.

That mother cat, more goddess than a pet.

I'd never known a happiness like that.


The world was pure sensation, not abstract:

Some realm between the living and the dead.

I dreamed of being mothered by a cat

And something healed inside me after that.

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