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Poem: "Ghosts of Fur and Feather" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Ghosts of Fur and Feather"
This poem came out of the October 5, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from moonwolf1988 and wyld_dandelyon.  It was sponsored by laffingkat.


Ghosts of Fur and Feather


The kitten who loved to hunt became
a ghost-cat who could truly walk through walls,
stalking the phantasms with spectral tooth and claw
and leaving their corpses to be stepped on
by humans who shrieked at the inexplicable cold spots on the floor.

The puppy who loved to chase cars became
a ghost-dog who could run at the speed of dark
and once cornered a mailman that turned out to be a serial killer.
The police who caught the crook swore they heard a dog barking,
but no dog was ever found.

The parakeet who learned to mimic ringtones became
a ghost-bird who could fly where only angel wings go,
bringing a peck or a feathered caress wherever needed,
and little hunches of the soul that no would would remember
with more than, "A little bird told me."

The pets who live with people become real,
their animal spirits bounded by the bright line of love,
forever defined in ways that reach beyond the oversoul of species.
They remain, watching the people, wandering between wind and stars,
until Mother Earth draws them close and cloaks them in flesh again.

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wyld_dandelyon From: wyld_dandelyon Date: October 6th, 2011 03:10 am (UTC) (Link)

I really like this one!

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From: rhodielady_47 Date: October 6th, 2011 04:14 am (UTC) (Link)
This is the most touching one you've written yet (blots eyes dry).
:)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 7th, 2011 07:51 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad it worked for you.
natf From: natf Date: October 13th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am putting a link to this next to my Rainbow Bridge link in the sidebar of my LJ. (added to memories)
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: October 14th, 2011 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, gods, how did I miss this the first time around?

*sniffles and sobs*
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 14th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you found this poem so touching.
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