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TYLER, by Mollie Hunt
He is a long cat
with long legs,
with a long back
and a long tail.
His face has grown long, as old cats do.
His ears are long to twitch and turn
and tune to the slightest whisper.
His whiskers— long— are both
matching the gray-black stripes of his sideburns.
His life has been long,
according to his teeth
which are gone now.
Still, he dances like a kitten,
sharing his sweet self
with those who love him.
Against the odds,
I wish him with me
for a long time more.
Winner: Certificate of Excellence, CWA 2017-2018
About Mollie Hunt:
Mollie is the author of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, featuring Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, Willamette Writers, the Cat Writers’ Association, and the Northwest Independent Writers Association. Two of her short cat stories have been published in anthologies, one of which, The Dream Spinner, won the prestigious CWA Muse Medallion this year. Her poem, Tyler, also won a medallion.
Like Lynley, Mollie is a grateful shelter volunteer. She is a longtime volunteer for the Oregon Humane Society where she socializes sad, fearful, and behavior-challenged cats. She also fosters sick and elderly cats in her home. In 2014, she had the privilege to work with cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy on a particularly thought-provoking case.
You can find Mollie on her Website: http://www.lecatts.wordpress.com/, her Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/molliehunt, and her Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/MollieHuntCatWriter/.
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