after

She used to purr when she leaped onto the bed;
I prefer to think of her arrivals.
I could read her expressions through the fur:
glad to see me (and usually was):
relaxed eyelids, fur sleek off the face;
impatient with my stupidity:
staring at me, legs rigidly apart, lips wide;
angry that I forgot she was outside:
plenty of carping criticism at me as she walks by;
Time for sleep:
lots of purring, rolled over against me.

She says none of that now,
takes her well-earned rest
in that little grave near the cottage
on the island where she found us:
lost, so many years ago.

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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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