Lockdown Blooms

Emma Lee

Her purr is pneumatically loud
in a still-dim bedroom
at the time of my former commute.
She's shut out at night but
I'm not up soon enough to feed her.
She's learnt whinging doesn't work,
a persuasive appeal might.
Her need for food triggers mine,
prompts me up for breakfast
when temptation would keep me in bed.
I fuss over her before she goes out.
I boot up my employer's computer
while coffee filters and I begin
my day cupping my drink's warmth,
grateful for its gentle waking,
a soft beacon out of the dark.

Emma Lee’s publications include “The Significance of a Dress” (Arachne, 2020) and “Ghosts in the Desert” (IDP, 2015). She co-edited “Over Land, Over Sea,” (Five Leaves, 2015), was Reviews Editor for The Blue Nib, reviews for magazines and blogs at http://emmalee1.wordpress.com. FB: https://www.facebook.com/EmmaLee1. Twitter @Emma_Lee1.

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