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Morning with Cat and Tree

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Morning with Cat and Tree



He awakes 
two full hours 
later than usual. 
Well his dreams 
disturbed his sleep 
several times just before dawn 
and he awoke to a safe place 
where everything gradually made sense. 

And the cat came in 
fell asleep on his legs. 

Samuel is grateful to the cat 
for crediting him with humanity, 
believing that cats have 
a way of honoring those 
fundamentally good, at least not harmful.

Samuel is sorry to miss 
the early morning hours. 
The satisfying 
part of the day will abruptly end 
as sources of irritation soon 
begin filtering through his life. 

But the sun is gleaming in the Winter sky. 
The trees seem supernaturally tall, 
dark lines of the branches, 
nude branches like bones 
ooze upward and outward 
through unsystematic pathways in space. 

He wonders how the trees 
choose the holes in space through which 
the branches expand. 
They are amoeba like,
protoplasm squirts up 
through invisible narrow channels in the air.

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