Cat’s Tail, written by Christine E. Ray at

Cat’s Tail

Cat’s Tail

written by: Christine E. Ray



word on the street

is cat’s got my tongue

but I assure you

that caustic kitty long exhausted

all nine lives with me

it is me biting down hard

with small sharp teeth

feeling the blood well up

behind clenched lips

as I slowly chew up

errant syllables

I long to spit like nails

into the frozen ground

forgive me an angry twitch

or two

of my bottle-brush tail

I am trying so hard

to saunter the high road

with my whiskers pointing north

fighting the instinct

tooth and claw

to swivel my head around

arch my back

and hiss


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Christine E. Ray

Christine E. Ray

Christine E. Ray lives outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A former Managing Editor of Sudden Denouement Publications, she founded Indie Blu(e) Publishing with Kindra M. Austin in September 2018. Ray is the author of the award-winning Composition of a Woman and The Myths of Girlhood. Her writing is also featured in SMITTEN This Is What Love Looks Like: Poetry by Women for Women an Anthology, We Will Not Be Silenced: The Lived Experience of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Told Powerfully Through Poetry, Prose, Essay, and Art, Anthology Volume I: Writings from the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective, Swear to Me, and All the Lonely People. Read more of her work at Brave & Reckless.
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