She arrived in sunshine, ready to pounce. She flew through the air to anoint her prey. Her eyes, lined with kohl, told us everything about life. Warm, happy, always on the qui vive. Attention must be paid, lest you miss the signs. Patches of sunlight, children to protect, and The everlasting quest for the next journey and the meal that inevitably follows.
But the universe is cruel, cold-hearted matter. It cares nothing about pads on paws Or ears that go in all directions, or the velvet belly that demands to be nurtured with love. The signs you want to ignore, the closing in all around you, the doctor’s pinched face. It will be over soon; it always is. The last kiss will be sweet and to the point. No averted eyes.