I taught you the ways of the world
like how to make a human
cater to your every whim.
I taught you to make noise
when you want their attention
really do anything, go out on limb.
I taught you to make messes,
or maybe it was you who shared
the best way to leave the crumbs.
I taught you to cover your ears
whenever there is any noise
including those damn drums.
I taught you all of this and still
it seems as though your lessons
in love were somehow greater.
You helped me become a family cat
but I would still try to eat you
but not because I am a traitor.
So, let it be known, that no other
can ever abuse or attempt harm
to you, my bird and my brother.
So much as a cat can proclaim,
my love to you, I do unless anyone asks
then I don’t even know your name.
© Autumn and Emilita Siders 2016