Feeding Friends’ Cats

(or Feeding Cat Friends)


One cat makes

Little cat-sounds while eating

I don’t mean slurps and burps

I mean sighs and mews

As if to say,

This is good

This is thoughtful work

Leave me alone


The other cat’s a vacuum

And has become dog-sized

Going after food that cats typically

Eschew (not chew)

He does this because

Like the tall mountain,

The food is there


I like them both

Each a version of cat-crazy

And me for volunteering

Their human parents get a trip to


I stay here and stoke my allergens

I’ll recover later


Maybe they’ll offer me

A cushion in cat-heaven

Probably not


C L Couch



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