Feline Grace Poem by Tom SternerHowe

Feline Grace (words – 74, lines – 17)

I might have not believed
a cat could smile
before I knew yoiu
I certainly wouldn’t have believed
I would come to share
the intimate spaces of my life
with such a creature

I didn’t know my lap was empty
before you filled it
and my days
One cannot simply replace a friend like you
One can hardly say goodbye
so I will not
Your smile will live forever behind my eyes

Tom {WordWulf} SternerHowe, a native son of Colorado, lives in Lafayette, Colorado with wife Karen, her two sons and his youngest son, Zedidiah. Family and riding his Harley Davidson fill up the hours left over from creative enterprises. He has been extensively published in independent literary magazines including Howling Dog Press/Omega, Skyline Literary Review and Flashquake. He is winner of the Marija Cerjak Award for Avant-Garde/Experimental Writing 2001, 2002 & 2003. His first novel, ‘Madman Chronicles: The Warrior’, is available at his website: http://pages.prodigy.net/sterner-howe. Music from the novel may be accessed at http://truefire.com/list.html?store=original_music&viewauthor=3554 or www.lulu.com/TomSternerHowe