Featured Contributor:

Elisabeth Spinks









"On the Occasion of My Cat's First Birthday"

Before the Serzone. Before the Prozac.
Before the disability forms.
The winter passed in counseling,
with Deborah who asked about tomorrow,
Anne who asked about yesterday.
Before my brave return to the competent
world of matching suit and shoes,
finding myself,
No.
. . . losing myself
in furniture stores and open-houses.

The long summer in pajamas.

Before the cancerous phone-call from my cervix.
Before he bought a kitten for me to love,
and I named it Wolfgang
for one who died too young.
Before the heating-pad I couldn't give up,
clutching it to my belly
because spring wasn't warm, enough.

Before returning the borrowed car
quietly to Donna, who understood,
I walked up the bumpy-plastered stairwell
before me -- a shadowy tangerine tunnel --
to lie beneath a wooden angel, eyes fixed,
where my womb was emptied,
asking for silence,
and silently, forgiveness.

2000 Elisabeth Spinks




Biography:
I am a 31-year-old Brit/Canadian currently living in Arizona with my new husband (also a poet) and three cats. I am also Editor/Webmistress of TheCriticalPoet, Top Poetry Sites, and the forthcoming Poetry Webmaster. My only acclaim thus far is winning the Sundress Poetry Slam on September 27, 2000, although I'm working on it.

You are cordially invited to visit all of Elisabeth's poetry sites.

Web Sites:
TheCriticalPoet
Top Poetry Sites
Poetry Webmaster



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