Leg straight up,

she’s grooming her underside,

long-haired calico,

on front walk in late evening,

breezy, with distant thunder.


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T. Allen Culpepper

Unexpected Houseguest

Feral cat shows up,

youngster needing attention.

I’m too soft-hearted:

He’s sleeping in y garage;

I’m scheduling his vaccines.


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T. Allen Culpepper

Scenes from a Walk

Eager dog pulling

human riding his skateboard:

energy release.


Amber light glowing,

glass blocks backlit from indoors:

jewel in brick wall.


Pickup game of hoops,

neighborhood guys joining in

for some twilight sport.



from streetlamps bathes brick facade

of historic school.


On my evening stroll,

friendly grey cat rugs against

my leg, curls tail, purrs.


Copyright 2013

T. Allen Culpepper