Animal points

We have had
a long list
of Presidents
since the Commonwealth


Our gentle cat
doesn’t steal food
off the table.


It’s absurd to think
he could be President.

He welcomes you, eyes drooping,
when you open the apartment door
as if he has stood behind it
all day long.
He sits silently, like a feline statue,
when you flick on the TV
as if to keep watch over you
zombie in your library nook.
He rises from the basket, tail wagging,
when you stroke his neck & he purrs
as if you’re the last good guy
on the city block.
It is inhuman, grossly carnal,
to typecast him an animal.


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