Poemdog

Dogs 2019

CATHOUSE
(11/24/19)


he's a
black

feral

stray

without
a kindly feeling
toward
any human

some
of the neighbors
put out
food
for him

but he's
selected
to spend
his nights
around
my house

I see him
prowling past
the yard lights

triggering
the automatic
porchlight
from time
to time

he no longer
runs from me
but will not
allow me
to get
too close

edging away
cautiously
with a subdued
growl
if I approach

I give him
little thought
during
the good
weather

but worry
about him
a bit
in the rain

the cold

especially
now that it's
November

so I found
a heavy duty
moving box

padded it
with old
sheets

insulated
the whole thing
with a plastic
leaf bag

and now
put it out
each night
in front
of the door
to the garage
where he usually
frequents

I have yet
to see him
climb in
however

he is a
free
semi-wild
creature

I've done
my part
for him

so as with
any of us
semi-wild
creatures

the choice
for a little
comfort

is his