(Originally featured in Arizona City Independent Edition, May 5, 2004)
Cats are the clerks of the universe,
God's furry little bean counters.
Their life's work, to inventory all
their humans' possessions,
then sit on them, protect them,
Their task done,
they know every item in the collection.
they amble fearlessly
through the land mines of goods,
glancing neither right nor left.
and leap onto the highest peak,
settle into a contented furball
and survey their domain.
Then something is added,
and the cat creeps,
in that exacting little cat brain
all the new properties,
of his changing universe.
Caught up again,
he pays no more heed,
as he sits,
and indolently surveys
all that he controls.