To a Departed Cat

By Richard N. Bentley

What was the matter with life on my shoulder?

Showing our scratches with rueful delight,

You had to thresh out your breath that much bolder,

Creeping away from the car in the night.

None of us noticed your silent departure,

Tending your terrors you hurtle in dread,

But saunter along through my mind’s dreamy summer,

Back to this room where the claws mark the bed.



Dick Bentley’s books, Post-Freudian Dreaming and A General Theory of Desire, are available at Amazon & Powell’s. He’s a Pushcart Prize nominee, and won the Paris Review/Paris Writers Workshop International Fiction Award. He has published over 200 works of fiction, poetry and memoir in Literary Magazines and Quarterlies in the US, the UK, France, Canada and Brazil. His next book will be titled All Rise. The cover features a picture of an unshaven Chief Justice Roberts with holes in his judicial robe, mud all over his face, and a swarm of fleas and gnats circling his head.  In the background, by contrast, are Botticelli’s Venus Rising from the Half Shell, helium balloons, a rising sun, and lots of butterflies. Check out his website He loves hearing from readers. 413-256-0240 

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