A Lament for Charlie

you know me

you have loved me


but now

you won’t even touch me

It is fruitless

for me to assume

this is about me

because, lately,

it’s always about you


I’ve been through enough to know

this isn’t personal

not even close

I am all too familiar

with your ways

and this isn’t you

you’re scared

you’re unsure

you feel

out of place

how could you be so cold to me

when I share the warmth

of my bed

and heart

with you as the night grows long and dark


I will shell out the time and space

you require,

after all

you are just a cat

but that doesn’t make you any less complicated

than a human.

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