I've decided cats like poets, and not just because they're warm and still while reading and writing. It seems poets like cats as well. I was sorry to hear of Michael's loss today. Having grown up highly allergic to cats, I always thought I didn't like them. Then Miranda came into our lives.
This morning, during meditation, she curled up on my lap. Afterwards, Val pointed out that she has been much more inclined to be close to me since I have been getting up early to write. I have been calmer, and more in touch with my poetic sensibilities (rather than my type-a technocrat sensibilities), and our cat can tell.
She's a kind of barometer of consciousness on furry little legs. And, of course, she knows all the coziest spots in the house, suitable for reading, writing, or having a good wash with the tongue.