Like a cat


The full arch of your back,

The twist of your waist,


That growl and that glance,

And the glimpse of fur and fang,


Before you settle down,

And curl into slumber,


Sprawled across a warm body,

Or more often, alone,


And not wanting

To be disturbed.


Joseph Farley edited Axe Factory from 1986 to 2010. His books and chapbooks include Suckers, For the Birds, Longing for the Mother Tongue, Waltz of the Meatballs, Her Eyes, and Crow of Night.