Still Life with Cat Skeleton

Kat Lewis

Some nights the lullabies are too loud
and the light too pink the following morning.Some days the words you say to me when you’re angry
smell exactly like birthday cake. Other daysI don’t want to eat apricots or know the difference
between arriving and departing.The plastic cat skeleton on the edge of my desk is not
a symbol for God. The cat skull tattooed on my armdoesn’t mean I know what’s coming. I don’ t blame you
for the broken carousel at the wharfor the late checkout at the hotel, and I don’t blame you
when I recognize someone I almost married on the street.The plastic cat skeleton on my desk doesn’t know the difference
between a love letter and a cicada wing,even when they’re lying beside each other while we lie
on our backs, staring at the ceiling.

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Kat Lewis is a writer and photographer with an MFA in Poetry from the University of Idaho. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, High Desert Journal, The Meadow, The Superstition Review, the Louisville Review, and others. She lives in Denver, CO where she works as the Production Coordinator for RV PRO Magazine.

The Gettysburg Review

Autumn 2018

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg College

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Mark Drew

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Peter Stitt

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