Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Ninth Life

I wrote this poem, The Ninth Life, (many) years ago in college. Because it's one of my favorite poems that seems to have enduring meaning, I recently entered it in this year's North Carolina United Tribes Unity Conference writing competition in the poetry category, where it won 2nd place.

The Ninth Life
Catwalking into my dreams
at night.
Slinking thoughts of you
to keep me
in limbo  –
never asleep,
never awake.

tiptoe in on black velvet paws,
leaving me dazed
and tumbling
to land on all fours

for the ninth time.
        ---Kara Stewart

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