The Guardian Angel Rests

after Galina Zhiganova,  A Woman Cuts the Hem of a Kimono so as Not to Wake a Cat, 2007

By Sofie Zarceno

Before I leave to face the world I give her a kiss goodbye She gives me a stare A glare that says I love you

Her eyes open wide as I come back home I’m sure I had her worried She licks her fur as I get ready for bed Guarding me as she sees fit Always by my side She likes to stay Keeping me warm And protected

She curls up in her spot to my leftAnd finally closes her eyesKnowing I am safe The least I can doIs let her sleep

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