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I rediscovered

A simple sort of magic today,

Made beautiful by how much it matters to you.


I saw a ginger cat sitting on the sidewalk,

Her eyes sharp and bright

She crouched forward and I reached towards her

“Hello, darling.”


She purred, and it was as sweet as a smile,

The sight of her warm clever face making me lighter somehow,

She brushed against me, a steady comfort, a glowing love,

Before slinking away

With one look over her sleek fur

One long bound.


I stood there long afterward,

Wondering if she’d come back,

If I had imagined her in a glimpse of a daydream,

Out of the changing colours of fall,

Out of the tail-end of the sunset,

The moment of witching-hour,

Where familiars sneak out of the woods,


Out of my need for a simple sort of magic,

A simple sort of happiness.

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Jenny Yau

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I'm Jenny Yau, 19 and from Hong Kong. Reading, writing poetry and watching tv are my main obsessions. I am sometimes mistaken for a hermit, but I'm friendly once you get to know me :p
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