One guilt-drenched dream
after another, till finally
near dawn, hope
in the form of a silver tabby,
half-starved and keening,
an entreaty so constant and pitiful,
what could I do but let him in?
Judith Waller Carroll is the author of Walking in Early September (Finishing Line Press, 2012). Her work appears or is forthcoming in Persimmon Tree, damselfly press, and Heron Tree, among other journals; the anthologies River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the Twenty-first Century (Blue Light Press, 2015), Joys of the Table (Richer Resources Publications, 2015), Music in the Air (Outrider Press, 2013), and The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home (Holy Cow! Press, 2013); and has been nominated for Best of the Net. Awards include the 2010 Carducci Poetry Prize from Tallahassee Writers’ Association.