Once upon a time, he was prized,
admired for his delicate design:
Out in the light, he would shine
and hold the whole room in his eye.
Now there is only a glimmer,
lost in the concave mirror,
of a desire, a want for a dish,
perhaps, to run away with.
Randell Wolff is an associate professor of English at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee. When not grading essays or outlining lectures, he's at home reading poetry (his own and more famous works) to his two cats, Loki and Sif. They are especially fond of T.S. Eliot, even though they are not particularly practical creatures.