Thief of Night

by Gary H. Howard

Bewhiskered and beautiful
my cat enters
her tail pulling a nightful of stars
across my picture window

each moment a constellation
her breath brings enlightenment
the satisfaction of deep awareness

together we are joined
by a geometry of myth
the light of vast distances
reflected from our eyes

and my cat holy and deathless
stealing one side of dawn
from the other
leaves beaming jewels
that no one will miss
that time will forgive her for