Monday, April 13, 2009

Roadside Stand

A roadside stand

Was selling clouds like ears of corn--

You could shake out real angels

Or deliver yourself into one like post.

"Tell me your deepest desire," a voice said.

I surprised myself by answering, "I want to be a barn cat.

I would have startling eyes, good sharp claws and wild desires,

And yet,

I would be as beautiful as lazy and belong to no one."

When the stand shut down,

Clouds turning purple in the west,

I switched my tail and asked the angels,

"Is there no one who could love me?

Why must I always be alone?"

Departing, they replied,

"Little barn cat,

You are loved by open spaces and the night;

That is sufficient unto thee."

My deepest desire gained,

I waited for morning and the chance it would bring

To exercise my passionate unreasoning instinct

To kill anything with wings.



Vodka Mom said...

that was amazing...

i really loved it..

Mama Zen said...

Well, I'll be damned! I'm actually a barn cat!

Pouty Lips said...

This is unbelievable. I keep reading it over and over in order to picture it again and again.

Riot Kitty said...

How do you come up with these?! Wow.

Anonymous said...


Sounds wonderful.

But I don't think I mind the winged things. I'd leave them alone and go after the mice.

Shadow said...

meow! how cool. i love your thinking, have i told you that?

Anonymous said...

Barn cat. Who would of thought?

Daryl said...

I love the last line. Such a counter to the rest ... love it

T said...

"Little barn cat,

You are loved by open spaces and the night;"


Anonymous said...

This is GOOD! Are you submitting your writing in for publishing?

david mcmahon said...

One day you'll be autographing your books.


Scarlet said...

I believe Barn Cat is loved by more than open spaces and the night. I love Barn Cat. Don't I count??

pheromone girl said...

I want to be a barn cat now...

Jannie Funster said...

That first paragraph made me and voracious for a big bowl of fresh cloud.

And the rest made me voracious for a barn cat.

Gabriella Moonlight said...

Wow, so powerful this poem. Thank you for reminding me of the nature of our dear and loved cats...and ourselves.


Anonymous said...

This one made me smile :D I loved the whole poem, but the end was my favorite part. You are so talented!

Fireblossom said...

Thank you, everyone, for all the amazing comments! And, Scarlet, of course you count. You count double. ;-)

Sharkbuttocks said...

Very good choice - barn cat. Them get more snaks on the hoof then us will.