Under Catcher's Spell
Lying on the bedroom floor, my knees bent,
I stretch, unfold like a lazy morning.
When the cat climbs up to roost full-length
on my chest and belly,
the eleven pound heft of his body
hampers deep breaths, curtails yogic poses.
But I invited him up to rest his all-day pacing
from winter doldrums. I asked him up
to hear his rhythmic purrs, relaxing
as ocean waves on their incoming journey,
as mesmerizing as the quiet hush inside a whelk
washed up on shore.
More than hear them, I longed to feel them,
wanted them to penetrate through muscle and bone
until core to core, all lines between us blurred,
leaving us as one species singing in sunlight.
Barbara Bald is a retired teacher, educational consultant and freelance writer. Her poems have been published in a variety of anthologies and journals such as: The Northern New England Review, Avocet, Off the Coast, and in multiple issues of The Poetry Society of New Hampshire's publication: The Poets' Touchstone. Her work has been recognized in both national and local contests. Her full-length book is called Drive-Through Window and her chapbook is entitled, Running on Empty. Barbara lives in Alton, NH with her cat, Catcher, and her two Siamese Fighting Fish.