twelve cats silhouetted at night by Norma Kerby

Poem title: twelve cats silhouetted at night Poet name: Norma Kerby Poem: if I had twelve cats and a room full of tunnels my life would have meaning never would I be lonely or forget how to laugh I would throw open blinds even at night brightly lit room full of happy felines racing and chasing tumbling about with feathered toys people passing in street would stop point stand like mesmerized milk cows watching young boys wrestling I would charge nothing to watch circus of twelve cats dancing even if my pension went for kitty litter and cat food even if they checked to see if my cats were healthy even if I was a cat lady of ill repute if I had twelve cats with colours as bold as sleek grey and orange if there was no discrimination if all cats were equal if my cats were happy and I was happy if tunnels were lined with carpet so no-one slipped I would be satisfied leave my blinds open with night lights shining End of poem. Credits and bio: Copyright © Norma Kerby Norma Kerby has been published in journals, e-zines, magazines, and anthologies, most recently, the anthologies, Heartwood (League of Canadian Poets), Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem (Mansfield Press), Seed Dreams (Writers North of 54), (M)othering (Inanna Press) and Tending the Fire and Leap (League of Canadian Poets), as well as her chapbook, Shores of Haida Gwaii (Big Pond Rumours Press). Nominated for a Pushcart Prize (Prairie Journal) and shortlisted in poetry and flash fiction for the Federation of BC Writers Poetry Literary Contest (2021), she writes about environmental, ecological and social issues, in particular those affecting rural and northern Canada.