Haunched on today’s half-solved crossword,
a calico Maine Coon focuses
on a distressed basket – rushes sprung
like gray hairs casting astered shadows
despite a lamp with low-slung shade.
Glare pierces the waxy vermilion
of apples, contrasts the matte-glow
of knobby heritage squash
and a half-bulb of garlic –
three cloves unpapered.
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