Our Hearts, the Lost Cats by William Taylor Jr.

The day was going well enough, all things considered,
for the time being terror was elsewhere
and the longer you stick around the more
this becomes the best you can hope for
and then an ad on the side of the cat litter box
tells me that only 2 percent of lost cats ever
find their way home
and I understood this to be the truth of the world
and that love and all the other pretty things
we wear like armor
can’t erase it
and thinking on it took some of the luster
from the day but I carried on
as best I could
with the lost cats of the world inside me
all hungry and crying
in the dark.

William Taylor Jr. lives and writes in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. His work has been published widely in journals across the globe, including The New York Quarterly, The Chiron Review, and Catamaran Literary Reader. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, and a collection of short fiction. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee and was a recipient of the 2013 Kathy Acker Award. To Break the Heart of the Sun is his latest collection of poetry.

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