Monday, January 21, 2013

A Day Off From School

A Day Off From School

She stayed in my lap most of the day
while I was 
grading papers
She shot up when I made a sandwich
and crawled in the bed while I ironed
otherwise she stayed warm in my lap
like a huge house cat
I might have heard her purr

She stayed there while a president made an oath 
and while I reached for a tissue 
while a lark sang
My Country Tis of Thee
and while a poet
wrote his words to a nation
while a pop star and her husband
made strange bedfellows
with a Republican and his iPhone

She ignored it all and sighed and snuggled
her long nose under the blanket
in my lap

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