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Ekphrastic Poetry Contest

Adele Dahlin

2nd Place

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Hand strokes cat and
cat strokes hand
rhythm learns to understand
how to find the fear or worry
quiet comfort without hurry
soothe the pain and soothe again
Hand strokes cat and
cat strokes hand.

Hand grows cat and
cat grows hand
once so separate joined so fast
wrist forms face and backbone lengthens
feline fingers stretch and strengthen
spell of transmutation cast:
Hand grows cat and
cat grows hand.

Hand shapes cat and
cat shapes hand
art and artist meet and meld
one share purrs the other quivers
enchantment supine sleek and silver
neither one begins nor ends
Hand now cat and
cat now hand.

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