Putting Our Cat Down

A poet of no
gift, not surely the belief
of minimalists,

not the courage of
manic transcendentalists.
Little things move me.

I was traumatized
holding my cat’s paw as the
good doctor put him

down. Can’t forget it.
I was the one dying, our
cat already gone.

When I got home and
had to tell my wife, she was

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 tom.develyn@comcast.net. 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 http://tdevelyn.com and other sites.

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