Brief Encounter

She arrives
in a cheetah spotted coat
hair a blonde ruff
eyes as innocent
as kitten’s fluff

His face shines, eager.
Her eyes narrow
as if to brush
imaginary crumbs
from a furry cuff.

Later I see them leave.
His hand caresses her sleeve
and the car purrs
while she stores,
snapping the glove box,
a spare set of claws.


Published: New Poets 15 (2010); The Mozzie Vol. 15 Issue 2, March 2007

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