Front Door







Coming home,

I take out my key,

Put it in the lock

Of the front door

And go in.

Before I take two steps

I hear the thump from upstairs

That means that Nacho the Cat

Has awakened from her six-hour nap

And is coming downstairs

To see me.

More properly, she is coming

Not so much to be with me

As to be fed by me.

I take her food out of the refrigerator

And put it in her bowl.

She devours it as if

The nasty-smelling stuff

Is good.

She’s a cat, after, and my good companion,

And she is old, and I wonder

How many more days

I will hear her

Jump down from the bed



Dan Verner

April 6, 2017

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