Writing with cats

This week I adopted a 5-month-old kitten from the humane society through my local Petsmart store. His name is River and admittedly, he has brought much joy into my life, but he is also a bona fide destructo cat. In order to help me come to terms with how my life has turned upside down since he came into my home, here is an open letter to my cat.

Dear River,

Oh, little kitten, why must you act so possessed

Running to and fro like a child in a party dress

Chasing phantom shadows and making a mess

When you crash into my stack of books.


Oh, little kitten, why must you torment so

Your Persian brother who only knows

How to be kind and be your friend

Even when you jump on him time and time again.

Persian and kitten at play

Oh, little kitten, why must you daily insist

On chasing the mouse across my desk

Then pawing at the cursor on my screen

Just before laying down on my laptop to preen

Your beautiful grey fur. And then nap.

River resting on the keyboard


Celebrate National Adoption Weekend on Feb. 14-16 by opening your heart and home to a cat!

Stacey D. Atkinson is the author of the newly released novel Stuck, which she published via her independent company Mirror Image Publishing. 

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