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FURTHER READING
Poems by Arthur Davison Ficke
Opus 80
Poems about Cats
A Story About Dying
by Kevin Prufer
Moonlight Monologue for the New Kitten
by Péter Kántor
My Grandmother's White Cat
by Maurice Kilwein Guevara
Ode on the death of a favorite cat
by Thomas Gray
Seven Years
by Daisy Fried
Spleen
by Charles Baudelaire
The Backyard Mermaid
by Matthea Harvey
Wild Gratitude
by Edward Hirsch
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Opus 181

 
by Arthur Davison Ficke

Skeptical cat,
Calm your eyes, and come to me. 
For long ago, in some palmed forest,
I too felt claws curling
Within my fingers...
Moons wax and wane;
My eyes, too, once narrowed and widened...
Why do you shrink back?
Come to me: let me pat you—
Come, vast-eyed one...
Or I will spring upon you
And with steel-hook fingers
Tear you limb from limb...

There were twins in my cradle...



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