“Less” is not “more” when
I see your favourite brand on the shelf, but there’s no reason to buy it
Lizards are sunning themselves on the wall when I get home
No-one leaps on the keyboard when I’m busy
There’s no extra pair of eyes to watch me work
I don’t have to lift you off the clean washing
There are no pawprints below your special window
A dog’s sitting in your favourite spot
You don’t come to me when I’m crying.
I still conjure the broken catch of your purr
feel that bony frame under your smooth coat
know that you weigh less than nothing at all
because all the cats in the world are not you.