My cat has been adapting to the lockdown
rather well, it must be said.
She leaves the sofa for very limited purposes,
exercising once a day in the flowerbeds,
never failing to wash her paws
for at least two hours upon her return.
She no longer meets friends or relatives
who do not live in her home,
but contents herself in catching up with them
on Skype or Zoom. Should other cats
intrude on her territory, she’s always careful
to maintain her social hiss stance,
and she deplores the action of her neighbour
who has been stockpiling mice for weeks.
She bears it all with great fortitude
although she knows everything is changed,
and, when the ambulances go by,
they will wake her and she will look at me
as if to say, don’t worry, I’m here,
I have no plans to go anywhere.