cat-in-basketStill celebrating National Poetry Month, and one of my favorite poems (that I’ve ever written) has to be A Writer’s Wish. I wrote it ages ago for a now vanished writer’s website called Themestream, and as I recall it won a prize. Years later, I still find myself reciting it when no one is listening for no reason at all but to hear it. I posted it on my blog in August 2013.

A Writer’s Wish

If I could pen a scribble here

To a buyer that would pay me dear

I’d slide up quick off my soft rear

And gallop to my computer where

My bony cat in basket sits

And eyes my work thru narrow slits

He eats not fish but old prune pits

For small I’m paid for written wits.

But say perchance, I could succeed

To lure the president to lead

Me thru his tale of slippery greed

And naughty things we want to read

I’d see success at my feet laid

My cat now fat and me well paid.

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at

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