November’s black cat
purrs on my lap
on a quiet cloudy day
and it takes courage
to turn off the kitchen neon bright,
let in morning’s outside light
misty cool and grey,
to hear beyond the closed window
the raucous wild and solemn cry
of brother blue jay.
previously published in the author’s book
Sea Leafs By Moon
Barbara Robinette is the author of two books of poems, Plain and Sea Leafs By Moon. A third book is forthcoming. Several of her poems have appeared in print and on-line. She has written poems, off and on, since President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 when someone read “Oh Captain, My Captain” during the funeral procession. She thinks poetry is for everyday, working people and keeps that audience in mind when writing her poems.