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A Cat named Ollie

Gail Dendy - 2011-10-05

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A Cat named Ollie

Monkey expression, and a temperament almost to match,
Ollie lies paws up, the crest of his nose baby-pink
and lightly glistening. In a flash, as they say, he’s barrelled
around and attacked the stitching on the duvet. Then hunts
his sibling awhile (a girl, all calico and white), and then, enough,

he’s out for the count, wondering why cat dreams
are sweeter than most, why they hang about his neck
like butterflies he’ll never catch, why they’re snug and warm
even on the coldest day, why they never come in multiples of nine.