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Conquest or Coincidence?

Today, at the Austin Poetry Society’s Online Annual Awards Celebration, my poem “Growing Faces” won first place in The Unexpected Award. I’m excited that this weird, somewhat creepy little poem will appear in the 2019-2020 volume of Best Austin Poetry and can’t wait to see it come out in print later this year.

In the meantime, I want to share my poem that was published in Best Austin Poetry 2017-2018. This poem won the APS November 2017 Monthly Contest in the “light verse” category. It’s about my very fat childhood cat, Muffin, pictured below.

Conquest or Coincidence?

A scratch at the door, a pitiful squeak,
the clumsy stumbling of four furry feet,
some panting, some pawing, and one muffled “mew,”
we all gather around and—can it be true?

The twenty-pound feline bounds through the door
and places his conquest onto the floor.
Proudly he sits in the awe-silenced house,
for Muffin, Great Muffin, has brought in a mouse!

We all praise his bravery, his courage, his gumption,
although, privately, it is our assumption
that the mouse that lay dead in our fat housecat’s claws
probably died of a natural cause.

© Carie Juettner, 2017

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Author:

Carie Juettner is a teacher and writer in Austin, Texas. Her poems and short stories have appeared in publications such as Daily Science Fiction, Nature Futures, The Texas Poetry Calendar, and HelloHorror. She is currently working on a novel for the middle grade audience. Well, CURRENTLY she is drinking a cup of coffee and petting a dog, but she promises to get back to the novel in just a few minutes.

7 thoughts on “Conquest or Coincidence?

  1. That’s great! Can’t wait to read your new poem! And neat to reread the Muffin poem and see his picture 😊

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  2. Looking forward to seeing your scary poem in the new poetry edition, and I still enjoy your poem about old Muffin Man. Love, oldad

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  3. Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to read the new one, and enjoyed reading the old one and seeing the old pics of Muffin!

  4. Congratulations on 1st place, Juett! I love fat Muffin. And I was wondering as I was reading the poem how you were going to jump out and surprise me (it’s a Juettner Signature Move), and I was not disappointed, even though I was waiting for it 🙂

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