Poor little thing! How sad you seem!
Not a runt, but sick in some part.
Perhaps, it's an ache in your heart.
Let's nap here
in the quiet dark.
I have kittens coming.
Child, I've watched you prowl at night,
and test your tentative milk teeth bite.
You're not quite like
the rest of your kind.
my kittens coming.
I think I'll curl in the soft of your side.
Steady myself on the steel of your spine -
the strength that you have yet to find,
the kittens coming.
Process Note: The summer I was 9 or 10 years old, I was sick and had to stay in bed for what felt like an eternity (it was probably 2 or 3 days). One of those sick day afternoons, I woke from a nap and found my cat Tutu curled up at my side and giving birth. If you know anything about cats, you know that this behavior is pretty much unheard of. I've never forgotten the wonder of it, and I've always felt that Tutu honored me with an incredible gift.
For Kerry's prompt at Real Toads