Sally Clark: Waiting Out the Rain


Sitting on the porch,
watching the quiet morning rain
fall in silken folds,
they relax together like
affectionate lovers,
eyes half closed, anticipating
the next nap in the graying
drizzle, tails curling in and out
in snaky hugs.

Leaning forward
he sniffs the remains of breakfast
on her lips, their whiskers touch
and she gives him her golden eyes
in tender reply, their fur-skin flickers,
shaking off the stray silver drops,
two cats sitting on the porch,
waiting out the quiet morning rain.



Author’s Notes – This poem was published in Cat Tales and Dog Tales: The 7th Annual Book of Poetry by Tablerock Poets, published by the Tablerock Festival of Salado, Inc., in 2014.


Sally Clark

Sally Clark

Sally Clark and her husband, Mike, owned the Auslander Restaurant in Fredericksburg, Texas, from 1985 to 2001. Since retirement, Sally has been writing poems like clear pools, the kind where you can see all the way to the mossy rocks on the bottom. She writes about simple things like laundry and yellow highlighters, huge things like the trials of Job and the sins of Abraham, funny things like ice cream and penguins and Halloween, and scary things like heaven and hell and the color of dirt. Her award-winning poetry has been widely published in books, anthologies, magazines, gift books, and online. In 2017, her poem, "Los Compadres," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Sally's first publication for children is "Where's My Hug?" a lift-the-flap board book published by WorthyKids/Ideals. Buy it for a child you love.
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