A Reasonable Reason For Keeping A Cat

Even though I

live on the fifth floor

(not a good place for cats)

it would be nice

to have an armful of fur

and claws and teeth and glowing eyes

inhuman and distracting

near me at night

when words contort themselves

on the windowpane

in endless conversations

that would have been so much better, (dammit)

than what I said

because I can love it

without words

and never get the words wrong

talk too much or not at all

because it would banish

my painfully significant,

meaningless conversations

with a simple ‘meow’

both sound and



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