Today I am mostly silent,
mostly to see if I can do it
& to see what I can learn
from being silent & listening.
I can’t help myself, though:
I whisper “I love you”
while I pet Angel, my white
short-haired cat. For a time
he purrs, eventually gets up
& leaves me for couch & a nap.
Silence returns, enfolds me.

Andrew Shattuck McBride


“Angel” is my August 26, 2012 poem for the postcard poetry project. I used an antique card view entitled “Mount Baker from Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands, Washington.” I mailed it to Emma of Statesboro, Georgia.

Blessings to Emma and all, Andy


About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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2 Responses to Angel

  1. Silence: yes, an excellent practice. (Thankfully, vows of silence don’t apply to interspecies communication.)

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