Cat Talk by Kenneth Michael Noguera
does not know
I have a cat.
My mom knows.
When the cat pops
into frame on Facetime,
she turns the phone away
from my grandmother
to keep my secret.
My grandmother always asks
“What’s wrong with Kenny?”
but she never receives an answer.
The cat stays up with me
during my late study nights,
where I unload
all my worries, doubts, and loves
like emptying a basket of newly bought dresses
into a river which ends at my closet.
If they ever meet I fear
my cat would climb to her shoulder and whisper
all the heights of the heels I wish I could wear.
Poet, artist, singer, and long time fan of Pokemon and animation, Kenneth Michael Noguera is a Queer writer born and raised in Miami, Florida by his beloved mother and grandmother. HIs family comes from the island of Aruba and the Caribbean with his poetry focusing on masculinity, displacement, queerness, multi-generational trauma, and spirituality. He is an MFA Creative Writing student at the University of Central Florida. He is currently working on his first book of poems. He is also an audio editor for Working Title Podcast. He lives in Orlando, Florida with his family and pets. Twitter: @wolfken96