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Today I forsake the company of people
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Betsy Mars


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for the easy conversation of cats,
and dogs who keep me on my toes,
warm my feet, speak with ears
cocked, the better to show me
their attention is transfixed.
What more do we want
than scent, well-placed scratches,
and a full stomach?
To be content with only touch --
with not talking or thinking
overmuch.
The silent gaze and knowing
tongue, the kneading, the instinct
to understand when play is needed,
and when just being is enough --
a sigh, a stretch,
a soft rumble of cat happiness.

by Betsy Mars.
Used with the author's permission.

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Betsy Mars is an educator and poet who was profoundly influenced by the two years her family lived in Brazil as a child. Her love for travel, foreign languages, and learning about other cultures seems to stem from that time. Although she was born in Connecticut, Betsy has spent most of her life in Southern California, where she is, she says, "overly involved with her adult children and animals, and yearns to travel while shrinking everyone she loves so they can come along in her carry-on bag." Betsy's work has appeared in numerous online journals, several anthologies, and in the California Quarterly. She anticipates that her first chapbook will be available in February, "if she can curb her social media and communication addictions." Learn more about Betsy at https://marsmyst.wordpress.com/.

 

 


Post New Comment:
transitions:
Loved it! Agreed.
Posted 09/30/2018 09:36 PM
peninsulapoet:
Tula the poodle loved this poem when I read it to her, and so do I.
Posted 09/26/2018 10:28 AM
Jean Colonomos:
"...when just being is enough." Yes!
Posted 09/26/2018 09:18 AM
wordartdjc:
Sweet, especially for an animal lover.
Posted 09/26/2018 09:06 AM
Charly:
Love those sweet little guys.
Posted 09/26/2018 08:02 AM


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