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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Guest Post! Ruth Long


Like pieces of a puzzle
you are scattered
across the room
detached, cool as
the moonlight spilling into
the window and stroking
       the line of your jaw

a cat climbs through the window
and your mouth twists
into a momentary smile
enigmatic as a falling star
dark as the midnight cloak
that shelters us
until dawn creeps in
     on stealthy paws

Ruth Long is a reader and writer who enjoys living on the razor's edge between poetry and fiction and passionately believes that the two can happily co-exist.
You can find more of her writing at BullishInk.Com 
On, Poetry Posse!


  1. Ruth, this is beautiful. Cats and enigma always go together for me. Dawn's stealthy paws...great imagery. But my fave? "moonlight spilling into
    the window and stroking the line of your jaw" * heart throb sigh*. I loved this!


    1. Thank you, Row!! I love how the cat arrives on the scene and shakes things up - the whole mood changes, becomes more intimate. :)

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    1. Thank you, Lillie! This is one of those pieces that feels like a 'snapshot' to me - as if I can see it playing out as I watch. So glad you enjoyed it! :)

  3. Oh, yes, yes, and yes! to the other comments. That first image--"Like pieces of a puzzle / you are scattered across the room" snagged me from the get-go. Unusual, unexpected, delicious, perfect. Beautiful job!

    1. Thank you, Kern! The puzzle concept came to me as I looked around someone's house and saw all these tokens symbolizing parts of them I didn't know - travel photos, sports awards, etc. :)

  4. OMG! Ruth, this poem speaks to me in so many shadowy, mysterious ways. I love the imagery. It reminds me of a person (perhaps a man, perhaps not) that a woman finds herself drawn to, yet the person only gives the woman cursory attention. Even so, the woman is happy to get even that and envelopes herself in it until the morning light steals away her beautiful fiction.

    1. That is exactly it, Samantha!! So happy you enjoyed the read. And thank you so much for connecting Kathryn and I!! *hugs*


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