And The Cat Smiled Back (Finding Affection)
(For Saoirse; your name fittingly means 'freedom' and thanks to you, I have that now)
One day after breakfast and checking my phone
And making my lists and feeling alone
I opened my door and down on the mat
Sitting there silently was a little black cat.
So I called to the cat, and the cat mewed back
So now we both were talking
And I winked at the cat, and the cat winked back
And then we both were walking.
I stopped by the market to fetch some tea
And the cat, outside, waited patiently.
I rounded the corner and so did she
And the two of us walked home presently.
And then after lunch and after a sweep
And after the laundry in one, big heap
I opened the door and was glad to see
The little black cat still waiting for me.
And I blinked at the cat and the cat blinked back
And now we both agreed
That I loved the cat and the cat loved me back
And this was what both of us need.
I opened the door and let her inside
And she sniffed around swiftly with me as her guide
Then we paused at the window; big, warm, and wide
And the cat and I stared and smiled and sighed.
That night after supper and taking a shower
And reading a soothing book for an hour
I switched off the lights and climbed into bed
And noticed the cat curled up next to my head.
And I whispered 'Sleep well' and the cat mewed back
Both of us ready to sleep for the night
And I smiled at the cat and the cat smiled back
And both of us slumbered and dreamed with delight.