this home is about pets

this home is about pets
three cats, two turtles
and attendant parasite life

bartleby carries my world on her back
and i didn’t know she was a girl
until i was taught about her nails

gandalf is the keeper of the secret fire
our first fur baby
who came to us to flee a house of dogs

tootsie is a cat with a foot fetish
doesn’t like to be picked up
but falls in love on the floor amidst shoes

pratchett dances for a finger waggle
named for the writer
who built a world atop a turtle shell

miracle was born feral in a fireplace
whispered to in russian
she climbs highest and fights most furious

i have been burned for these pedestrian observations
but they are the source of magic
cures for the esoteric blindness

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