Bruce Bennett


Cat Empathy

The cat lies on my stomach.
She butts me with her head.
She maybe thought me sleeping,
or even thought me dead.

I’m sure she would be sorry
were I to sleep or die,
since that would mean the loss of
one favorite place to lie.

Bruce Bennett is the author of ten books of poetry and more than thirty chapbooks. His most recent chapbook is A Man Rode Into Town (FootHills Publishing, 2018), reviewed here. He is Professor Emeritus of English at Wells College. His poetry website is