• Kate Godin

Bad Kitty

I see how hard you’ve tried

to lap the milk

from the saucer

placed in front of you,

to pad softly

across the floorboards,

to bat at the ball of yarn.

Your willingness

to be the thing

you were trained to be—

the sincerity of your efforts

to get it right—

humble me.

But you’re a hawk

not a kitten.

Beak and talon

have made these lessons hard.

You’ve grown accustomed

to the ache

of wings folded tight.

It’s time to stop

this make-believe.

Embrace your intensity,

your steel,

your size.

Unfurl your wings

to create

the spaciousness you need.

Use the breadth

you’ve been given

for flight.

This is the end of awkward,

the end of effort,

and the beginning of

a mighty love

for what you are.




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