by Joanna Gilman Hyde

The Tomato-coloured Couch 5:40pm

My be-decked Hand

My be-dazzled Right Hand

with The Question Mark Ring

strokes the black sleek fur

of My Beloved Pet

& shines out to The World

as A Hand of Self-worth

capability far-reaching

& prized for Its clarity

not only in what It wears

but what It commands