Cat Wang on Master’s Moods

I watch him staring
into space. Sacred Mountain
looms in his silence.

I once asked him, ‘What
color is it?’ Cats can’t see
the bright color wheel

of the human world.
It turns and turns. He said no-
thing. I walked away.

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.

One thought on “Cat Wang on Master’s Moods”

  1. Very nicely done, Tom, as ever. There’s a lot to be unpacked from these few lines but they don’t feel at all over-crammed. This cat feels like an ancient Egyptian rather than a Han Chinese.


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