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SHJ Issue 13
Fall 2015

Determination Is the Cat

by Anne Canter

Hope is the thing with feathers
but determination is the cat
that out the second story leaps
the robins for to catch.

And even with two broken legs
she drags herself to stare
and chatter behind fastened pane
at birds who linger there.

And though she has no chance in hell
to fell the flying free
she looks with an unwavering eye
as if to say “we’ll see.”


SHJ Issue 13
Fall 2015

Anne Canter

writes poetry and creative nonfiction, with a degree from the undergraduate writing program at Northwestern University. Her work has been published on The and A Year in Ink, Volume 8 (San Diego Writers, Ink). She plays roller derby and blogs at

“...we have been born here to witness and celebrate. We wonder at our purpose for living. Our purpose
is to perceive the fantastic. Why have a universe if there is no audience?” — Ray Bradbury