by Charles Bukowski
the strays keep arriving: now we have 5 cats and they are smart, spontaneous, self- absorbed, naturally poised and awesomely beautiful. one of the finest things about cats is that when you’re feeling down, very down, if you just look at the cat at rest, at the way they sit or lie and wait, it’s a grand lesson in preserving and if you watch 5 cats at once that’s 5 times better. no matter the extra demands they make no matter the heavy sacks of food no matter the dozens of cans of tuna from the supermarket: it’s all just fuel for their amazing dignity and their affirmation of a vital live we humans can only envy and admire from afar.
“exactly right” by Charles Bukowski, from The Night Torn with Mad Footsteps: New Poems. © Black Sparrow Press, 2001.
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