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#18 NaPoWriMo


APRIL 18 — Here’s my poem #18 for National Poetry Writing Month, composed in response to a prompt on ReadWritePoem: write about cats. My cat does sleep in the same position as described in the poem, but he is male.




She naps, the back of her white neck curved so far

that her head is upside-down, drooping

magnolia blossom, her dreams the shapes and sounds

of vertigo, night moths on a screen or a green fly dizzying

down a wall or a twisting feather duster. To wake her,

I could stroke her extended neck, pet her on the throat,

scratch her chin, help her to cough up a fur ball’s

night-weavings. One tiny pillow for the couch.



by Therese L. Broderick



About ThereseLBroderick

Independent community poet living in Albany, New York USA.

7 responses »

  1. meow meow to all the cool cats…..thanks for your words Therese


  2. I love upside-down-kitty sleeping! :) the line about the “loose magnolia blossom/ about to fall” is great . . . beautiful and evocative.


  3. Absolutely gorgeous!


  4. You weave a tender touch to a cat nap poem Therese. You are a cat person!


  5. I love the idea of “a loose magnolia blossom”. All of this activity seems especially languorous, Therese!


  6. I have to admit I had an “ewwww” moment at the end. You captured the essence of a cat and their amazing throats. I’ve enjoyed all your poems. Thanks, Therese!


  7. So beautiful–great images–the magnolia blossom and the dreams of night moths on screens, green flies, and more. You hit the nail on the head with this poem.


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