The way a cat meows when she wants something she’s not getting the way she
KEEPS meowing not very loud and not quite in pain not quite asking for help
that’s the way I say “I hate you” to God.

I don’t believe in God.
God doesn’t believe in me.
Also, sometimes God beats me to the punch or sneers, “U-huh.”
But I still keep it up.

Well, no matter what I say, HE keeps doing.
So no matter what HE does, I keep saying.
Just like that cat keeps meowing.

She has her meow.
It’s the only meow she has.
I have my no.
It’s the only no I have.

About Marion Deutsche Cohen

Marion Deutsche Cohen is the author of 18 books, poetry and prose, including "Crossing the Equal Sign" (poetry about the experience of mathematics, Plain View Press, TX) and "Dirty Details: The Days and Nights of a Well Spouse" (Temple University Press). She teaches math at Arcadia University, in Glenside PA.

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