scaring the cat

I didn’t intend
the scare the cat,
but I seem to have
and that is that.

She sits there purring
and looking baleful:
if I do it again
there’ll be a jailful

of me, quite unable
to scare gray pussies
even if I wanted,
for she’s no sissy!

It all started
with my sleep apnea;
the doctor prescribed
a mask, CPAP, by name:

it has a hose
and a purring machine:
I sleep more like an alien
than my cat’s ever seen.

She used to sleep
near, on my pillow, in fact;
but now she’s a stranger:
a stay-away cat.

I wonder sometimes
if it’s just the purring
that makes her think CPAP
is something quite foreign.

Or maybe it’s jealousy
makes her think
it’s a robot that sings
as I catch forty winks.

Whatever the cause
it makes me so sad
to be scaring my kitty
’cause I’m her old dad.

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wordcurrents/ Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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