My Cat Steps Over the Keyboard

Interrupting my spilling words


Bruce, my feline supervisor. Photo by the author.

My cat steps over the keyboard,
interrupting my spilling words.

He does this pretty much every time
I sit down to write.

He is saying with his entire being,
I have the power to disrupt your day

whenever I wish, but happily for you,
and having made my point,

I will settle instead on a chair nearby,
twist into an artful curve

and radiate encouragement
as my purrs give way to dreams.

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Deborah Barchi

Deborah Barchi has recently retired from her career as a librarian and now has time to read, explore nature, and write poetry and essays.