The Lake in Starlight

Hope and fear,
trust and devotion,
the cat persuades me
to have no fear,
to give up my old companion for
no companion
as I clean the litter box, fill the bowls with
food and water…
the cat becomes a Buddhist monk,
fingers pointing at the moon –
and here I am
swinging between those two…
the lake in starlight calls to me
across the valley ~ come away…

Margaret Crouch, 2018