WHEN SHE OPENED THE DOOR

When she opened the door

her cat Laverne

was there

with

an expression

of urgent ambivalence

on her calico

face.

Before putting down her heavy

backpack she picked

up Laverne

and kissed

her

forehead.

This seemed to decide

the matter for

the cat

who

wriggled

to be free

from regard, in order

to stalk twilight.