#PoetryMonth – Lucius

Lucius
by Plynn Gutman in honor of Lucius

He sleeps on his back, spread eagle. I put my face in the warmth of his stomach, white musty fur, familiar kitty smell. His purr vibrates my lips, my cheeks. Not a paw or muscle moves – utter trust in me nuzzling the most vulnerable part of his body. I lift my head, look at his upside-down eyes slanted closed.

Lucius, I whisper.
His purr, audible now. 
Lucius, I love you.

Eyes crack open; faint flare of nostrils; mouth opens in a wide, fish-breath yawn. Prickly pink tongue arcs to the back of his throat; spotted brown and white ridges on the roof of his mouth look like a tiny set of ribs. Front paws stretch overhead, as the arms of a baby. Eyes close; rise and fall of his furry chest; asleep once more. 

I watch. I want to put my face in his tummy again. Instead I back away, downy cat hairs tickling my nose.  I have never felt that safe in this world.

 

Author: Plynn Gutman

Plynn Gutman is a certified coach with a refreshing and holistic approach to achieving an Integrated Life. Specialized retreats, workshops and classes are all a part of Plynn’s wide array of resources that she offers along with useful life lessons, tips and advice through her blog. A writer at heart, with several titles available, Plynn's variety of work appeals to everyone.

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