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As Much As Man Can Love A Tomcat

By John I. Blair

(For Cosimo)

For years you’d put your paws
Upon my heart,
Pushing one and then the other
So hard it hurt a bit
And purring like,
Well, like a cat in heat.

We were lovers true.
I loved you
As much as man
Can love a tomcat;
And you loved me
For reasons only you knew.

So when this week
I gave your still body
Cradled in a favorite box,
Nested in a ragged towel
With one paw showing,
I cried manly tears.

©2007 John I. Blair

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