Ode to a Succession of Perfect Cats

Hey there, furface

Come sit with me

I love to hear you purr

(Even if it wakes me at 3am, engine rumbling on my pillow, combine harvesting my dreams)

I love the way you rub your head against me

(Bruising my thigh, scattering your persistent black on my no longer bright colors, carving out your territory in my soul)

There is no cat like you in the whole world

If you go, I shall have no other

There’s a cat-shaped hollow on my lap only you can ever fill

Be immortal, I beg you

(Only you weren’t, and I’m only human, and my legs miss the tiny weight and Oh my god look at that kitten, isn’t he the cutest you’ve ever seen?)

Hey there, furface

Come sit with me

I’d love to hear you purr

(Only you don’t know how, but I appreciate you trying, full throttle on a broken lawn mower)

Rub your head against me

(Scattering your persistent orange on my no longer dark colors, that’s what you get when you choose your clothes to match your cat)

There is no cat like you in the whole world

If you go, I shall have no other

There’s a cat-shaped hollow on my lap only you can ever fill

Be immortal, I beg you

(Only you won’t be, and I’m only human)

 

 

About angelikarust

My name is Angelika Rust. I was born in Vienna in 1977. These days, I live in Germany, with my husband, two children, a despotic couple of cats and a hyperactive dog. After having tried almost every possible job from pizza delivery girl to HR consultant, I now make a living knowing English. No, I haven’t yet figured out what I want to be when I grow up, whenever that may be. In the meantime, I write the occasional book.
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