proper nouns sung
with the ache of history, or
the undulating body
of a kitten pawing forward.
such things make me feel
my bones, and a humble
beauty in physicality.
as if lying in the dew
and half-light of early morning
before undertaking the work
of the mind, the gallant
defense of the intellect.
or after all that, when too
it is lovely to remember
that you and i are creatures,
searching, pawing,
as vulnerable as could be.