Housecat

His paw
is not a
housecat’s
paw

though his eyes
are green
and soft
and he
keeps
his black fur
silky
endlessly
before warm
fires.

Still, when he is
curled on your lap
your heart may
skip
to see them
larger than they
should be
tipped with
razor claws
they could
take on
a lion.

This housecat
knows
when he places
his paw
on your cheek
just below your eye-

He knows
he has
your wild heart
tamed.

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