A cat is a witch’s companion of choice.  A cat is also a household pet.  Both identities sit at ease within the animal’s elegant frame.  Cats are hunters, game players and claw wielders, yet they crave the attention, warmth and sustenance that an owner can provide.

Halloween is the perfect time to explore the complicated bond between cat and human.  Does the human need the relationship more?  There is something about the attitude of a cat that suggests detachment.  A cat could leave at any time.  A cat could also stay forever . . .

Happy Halloween, everyone!  And happy poetry reading!

Cat Shadow

Halloween Poem

Cat shadow, draped
on the cream wall,
jagged angles, peaked
ears to jaunty tail, the
verb is ‘to slink’,

each hunch of her frame
engaged in a nonchalant
arch: this is me, all cat, all
pose, all pet, the motion of
my smooth, slim body on show.

I watch, let this creature
perplex me with grace,
unseat me as mistress of this house.

In feeding her, I feed my
creeping fears of solitude, from the
first gritty particle shaken to bowl.

K. S. Moore


Photo by FraVal Imaging on Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA


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K. S. Moore is a Welsh Poet and Writer, based in Ireland. Her poetry has recently appeared in The Stinging Fly, Southword and Crannog.Online magazines: Nutshells and Nuggets, And Other Poems, and Ink Sweat and Tears have also featured poems. Meanwhile, flash fiction and short stories have been published in FlashFlood, Metazen, Number Eleven and The Bohemyth.K. S. Moore has been shortlisted for Flash Mob 2013, Blog Awards Ireland and 99 Fiction. She has performed at Waterford Writers' Weekend, Waterford Winterval and Swansea's Dylan Thomas Festival.


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