“Will you please get that cat out of your bed!”
I shout, opening Janet’s door to say goodbye—
on my way down the hall, out to the garage,
onto the freeway towards work.
“He’s full of fleas!”
She draws Marshmallow closer
strokes his white belly
kisses his ears, eyes, nose and whiskers.
“He’s full of love,” she smiles.
From Heavy Lifting (Alehouse Press, 2007).
Used with permission.