Cat Food Piracy

Little Kitty
eats almost all
of Big Kitty’s food
before I have a chance 
to fill and put down her own plate
which I always do first
and not with my back turned 
to the two of them
except for this morning 
when I forgot. 

Big Kitty 
sits there staring at me
while the piracy
is taking place. 

I always cringe
when my soft brain fails me,
ashamed of what I see as
my cruelty,
intended or not.

“I’m sorry, so sorry,”
I say as I put Little Kitty’s
plate full of her preferred
mush before Big Kitty,
which she tucks into
as if nothing much
has happened.

I feel
more upset than is warranted,
I guess. My forgetfulness, 
more and more common these days,
leads to these small harms
no one much cares about,
but I gather them and 
hoard them in secret places
until I am rich with self-blame.

The cats make do.
I make mistakes, then coffee.

Mistakes
before coffee,

no one as bothered
by my failures as I am,

and me piling up words
about all of it:

a pirate stealing meaning
from a sinking ship.

About Tony Brown

A poet with a history in slam, lots of publications; my personal poetry and a little bit of daily life and opinions. Read the page called "About..." for the details. View all posts by Tony Brown

4 responses to “Cat Food Piracy

  • peri, poet.

    Forgetfulness seems more common these days amongst people I know, myself sometimes included. I think it is exacerbated by covid stress and preoccupation. I did read, recently, that forgetfulness is not necessarily a sign of approaching age or dementia but often of intelligence; the brain makes room for new and important material by discarding other things. (Think: the absent-minded professor.) There is much of importance to think about these days. Well, food for thought, anyway. Otherwise, I like the poem – especially coffee, mistakes, and piracy – and I feel sorry for big kitty being bullied by little kitty. Have a happy weekend!

    • Tony Brown

      Thank you, and I quite agree. Especially about the intelligence part, lol!

      Honestly, I do have an organic issue I won’t go into detail about here that is a direct cause of some memory lapses. It’s not likely to get worse, fortunately, but I have been living with it for a while.

  • Léa

    Living in a two-cat house, I can relate. Other levels are visible in my mirror. This is excellent and would be reblogged if I were still blogging.

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