You Catnip

We had two cats. One,
a tuxedo, you rescued
in Providence. We

named him Horace. He
had a long Twitter career.

you were when he died.
Though a cat, he cared for you
faithfully, you’d say.

The second survives
you. I envied how she dared
to nibble your toes

while you were sleeping.
You had adorable toes, not
to mention ankles

and legs and yes the
most beautiful bush which you
taught me how to love.

Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Cranston RI and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. He can be reached at D'Evelyn has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before retiring he held positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard University Press, Boston University and Brown University. He ran a literary agency for ten years, publishing books by Leonard Nathan and Arthur Quinn, among others. Before moving to Portland OR he was managing editor at Single Island Press, Portsmouth NH. He blogs at and other sites.

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