Cat Wang’s Triumph

My master prepares
for nothing by sitting still—-
nothing original

about that. As his
cat I am his example.
Nothing in his face

gives him away—-he’s
that good. Yet something gives way.
He rises, goes to

his desk, and starts to
write. There’s no alternative
for me but to jump

up there, sit on the
still blank page. He loses it.
I maintain my cool.

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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