Boy cat awakes at six o’clock
to begin his morning walk
across my former sleeping self,
then jumps down from my bedside shelf
to continue his aggressive sass.
Wrestles the rug, then bats the brass
light cord, yowls and kneads the sheet
until I rise. Admit defeat.
He leads me to the kitchen door.
I let him out , but do no more.
I don’t renew his empty dish.
No new beef and no new fish
adorn its naked metal sheen.
It’s six o’clock! I’m feeling mean.
Back to bed until at eight
the dogs begin their loud debate.
The girl cat’s where the boy cat’s been,
taunting them from here within.
She jumps up on the headboard table,
disconnects my laptop cable,
turns off its screen and then what’s more,
knocks the lampshade to the floor.
Jumps down and then attacks the rug—
A slide-attack, a pull, a tug—
until once more it’s hillocked, rumpled.
twisted, skewed, distressed and crumpled.
Now the dogs both go ballistic
and I, alas, become realistic.
Thrust myself up from my bed,
and after both the dogs are fed,
I give in to the cats’ loud din—
one cat out and one cat in.
One says good-bye, one says hello. One seeks to come, the other go!
When I shop, I buy the flavor I know their highnesses most favor.
Walk barefoot over the cold floor,
open up the outside door,
and, stepping out to feed the cats,
I open up the cupboard that’s
located by the kitchen door,
to grab the cat food can, but then
as one cat exits, one rushes in!
I spoon the goop into one dish
to tail-swaying and whisker swish.
Pour kibble in another one,
step back inside and watch the fun.
Seeking nutritional renewal, they fall upon their kitty gruel
Sharing a dish, cats bob and sway
in graceful pas de deux display.
from wet to dry, whate’er their wish.
And finally, the herd all fed,
exhausted, I go back to bed!
Prompt words for today are goodbye/hello, brass, renewal and favor.