My cat Izzy
Started out life in a household
With many other cats and kittens
Lost among the debris of a place so hard bitten that
You were never surprised when a new cat reared up.
Hah you would exclaim
I hadn’t noticed that tabby before
And then the cat would disappear again
Under a dilapidated armchair upside down on the porch.
Well, the owner of this scorched home decided one day
To pare down the number of animals wandering through his residence
And gathered up a variety.
Izzy to my son
Izzy, he said, was a fun young feline
Who would make a lovely companion.
My son adored his new cat
Until one day
Taken with a woman
He moved away, leaving Izzy with me.
When my son’s romance fizzled out and he came back
Izzy stayed with me
Making the best of my little old lady house.
When my son visits he holds Izzy upside down in the air
And jiggles her
An act of love which she remembers with nostalgia.