Je ne parle pas français

 

sky-from-bed

In the light you were kiss coloured
and you smelled of dog daisies
bitter sweet.
Puppies of cloud tumbled
into the carriage.

In the dusk you were softened
to tabby, your edges fluffy.
You mixed me into the air.
Through the bright window
the sky purred.

In the dark your edges
sharpened, hard bird
with lightning beak:
the moon cut you out of the black.

*

Rachel McAlpine

(Title is same as the short story by Katherine Mansfield that inspired this poem.)

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