A poem for Blair.
the only things that matter
are the million tiny kindnesses
the sound the cat makes
when she lands on the bed
all the words you’ve whispered
cats do not care
if you haven’t brushed your hair
or gotten up in days
or replied to emails
or answered phone calls
or done anything more than stare at the ceiling
as long as they can nap
in the crook of your body
they forgive you.
Cats purr at a range of 20-140 Hertz
which is medically therapeutic
for knitting bones and healing soft tissue
when you draw hearts
you’re supposed to start from the middle
and work your way outwards
but the method doesn’t account for
lines of healed scars
or the cat curled on your chest.