“Gilda the Cat” by Cheryl Spinner

Gilda lies on her throne of gold
Of velveteen mustard
A ruff offsets the face of fur
Whiskered and full
Rounded eyes of lashed wonders
A glorious cat at that
Gilda the Glamorous
Cat of the night
Cat of the lounge that becomes her.

Cheryl Spinner currently lives in Durham, N.C., where she is a doctoral student in the English Department at Duke University. She received her Master's Degree in English at Georgetown University in the spring of 2010. A native of Queens, N.Y., her writing intertwines yiddishe kopf with a certain kind of New Yawk flair. You can follow her research blog at electricladieszap.wordpress.com.