Shared Memories of the Sun

My cat and I dream together
on the backyard lawn
our bellies turned toward the afternoon sun.
My cat travels back to her ancestral home
A bleached yellowed landscape
a vast domed sky
the never ending sun
I drift –
the warmth triggering bits and pieces of past
1957
an endless summer
a suburban lawn
the yellow-orange rose against the turquoise sky
the sun.
1967
swimming in a mountain pond
sleeping under the big ponderosa pine in the lazy broken sun
2010
My cat I and breathe together and our dreams merge into one
Now, I’m the powerful lioness stretched out in the African sun
while my cat walks softly across my past and steps onto a summer lawn.

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