The cat and the fireplace (a poem)

The February 18th prompt in The Daily Poet, by Kelli Russell Agodon and Martha Silano, is to write a poem based on grey. Since I was not in a frame of mind to ‘[strike] a dismal, dreary tone’, I turned instead for inspiration to memories of a cat we once had who would sometimes nap in the fireplace…

The grey ash of the fireplace
would be the perfect place for her to hide
But then she’d track grey ash all over the place

That’s why I don’t make any fires

(18 February 2015)