skittish and disheveled,
the cats on your front porch are
like strangers in a bar
on the wrong side of town –
every movement is a stand-off

some grudgingly accept companionship,
and others fight off competition
for food and space

some accept your affection
and other step gingerly around it

those are the ones
who would last in the world:
the ones who sit above and removed
from the social world,
the ones with skeptical eyes
and knowing smiles,

who think
fool me twice
shame on me

~ Josh Stewart

Josh Stewart is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto, where he studied English and philosophy. He enjoys hats, ties, sushi, movies, and Tuesdays. Now he is chasing after the phenomenon known as a “real job”.

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