Quotation by Alison Hawthorne Deming

I sleep with two cats and the touch of their fur brushing against my naked skin is among the most beautiful sensations I can think of. They calm me, these animals who could be wild but choose not to be, who go outside to kill and lounge around, then come home every day for the food I provide and for my touch. They bridge me over to that animal country from which I came, a place in which the body poses no questions, only needs.
Alison Hawthorne Deming (b. 1946), U.S. poet. Temporary Homelands, "Exiled in America," p. 81, Mercury House, San Francisco (1994).
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