Wouldn’t call myself wild. Wouldn’t last a day–
before you, another home I thought’d be forever.
Some call my eyes crystal but I couldn’t predict
a future outside the shelter. I was scared yet still
nomadic to a fault– too eager to attach, I now
purr from afar– me, on a pillow on the carpet,
you, sipping coffee on the couch– just to say
I see you, I want to go there, just not yet.
I will never detail my past, its unimaginable
happenings that make me want to spill Cabernet
glasses, scatter shards of red on tile. I’m learning
to be comfortable in my surroundings, to love
and welcome love by others in this space. I leap
atop the cabinets to walk into your world, observe.
And at night I wait for you to lay in bed when,
at last, I can rest on your chest, close my eyes,
(originally published in The Mark Literary Review, Spring 2020)