Beginnings – a poem by Urmila Mahajan on International Cat Day

I occupy a crevice
that night has burned and
day has not yet filled
where Earth is stilled until
the first bulbul’s two-
toned announcement
of dawn

the ageing cat takes precedence
over frozen morning feet as I
hobble to a trembling purr
on bony flanks of fading flesh
to replenish a feeding bowl and
scrub flecks of meaty morsels
off the floor

to carefully strain a litter
by a single yellow lamp
and start the day with twosome
caring and a daydream
flickering in both minds of
many more such mornings
to come

we move on padded paws to keep
the brittle hush from snapping
and squinting without spectacles
I see the glowing crucialness
of beginnings


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