One Poem by Alun Robert

Written in response to this month’s Special Challenge.

The Black Cat’s Good Time Tale

safely, securely
foetal on her head
snug from the warmth
oozing up from her torso all

closeted with her wraps
in deepest Wapello county
for out in the boondocks
it’s cool for us cats but

with my right eye open
the left left ajar
can appraise the environs of
big cat with her rooster who

turns his head away
avoiding eye-to-eye contact
carrying a foreboding
that even I understand of

fear, insecurity
not foetal, just egg
laying in an alien farmyard
where I reign supreme when

the deal is done at 30 bucks
(no Iowa state taxes)
back to our Buick
’23 Roadster red for

the big cat will miss him
must be hard to part
with a long-term friend
even tho’ it’s only a bird but

back in Floris county
he will free-run our farmyard
for as long as he gives all
our hens a good time


Alun Robert is a prolific creator of lyrical verse. Of late, he has achieved success in poetry competitions and featured in international literary magazines, anthologies and on the web. He particularly enjoys ekphrastic challenges. In 2019, he was a Featured Writer of the Federation of Writers Scotland.

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