Saturday, November 26, 2016

November’s black cat--By Barbara Robinette--United States

 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.


  1. Dear Barbara,
    I like the colors and contrasts exhibited in your poem. It communicates a certain eeriness, a chill in November's air. So real.
    Thank you.

  2. Barbara,
    A beautiful poem. Black cats can make great pets if people can get over their superstitions.
    Yours truly,
    David Fox

  3. Thank you, David. The black cat we have today is very sweet.

  4. Nice poem, Barbara. A well-written and enjoyable write. Thank you for sharing. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  5. Thank you, MJ. And blessings to you also.