“First Dance”


“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life:  music and cats.” – Albert Schweitzer

I agree with musicologist and theologian Albert Schweitzer.  Music and cats … and musical cats …specifically dancing musical cats are a means of refuge from the miseries of life!  Here is a poem I wrote a few years ago about our one-eyed, black, rescue cat B.J. graciously helping my daughter, Emma, prepare for an important event.

“First Dance”

in seventh grade

Emma was invited

to join Dance Club 2012

an opportunity  

to learn etiquette and

dance with boys

hearing music

one day I peeked

into the living room

and saw

her dancing to her

“How to Tango” DVD

B.J. the cat

silky black fur

draped like a scarf

twirling and dipping

in her arms

his one eye patiently gazing at me

over her shoulder –

always the gentleman

-Tara Carnes


“First Dance” – Life Lesson Poetry Collection, TWJ Magazine, August 2017.  Web.


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