My cat’s tongue is like sandpaper.
It’s a nice sensation.
It feels like a warm kiss.
If my cat could talk I’d say, kissy, and he’d say, okay.
Then I’d ask, do you love me, and he’d answer, love is not divided.
It goes on forever.
I love you.
—from 2014 Rattle Young Poets Anthology
Why do you like to write poetry?
Natalie Belle Neal: “I like to write poetry because it helps me express my feelings better than saying it. Poetry helps me tell people about what I like. For example, my poem ‘Cat Love’ helped me explain that I love cats.”