By Sophie Duran, age 17, California
You can learn from looking at a cat’s paw
Or by seeing the texture of its fur,
Whether or not the cat swings a sharp claw
Or if it welcomes you with a warm purr.
A cat may freely roll in a puddle;
It may fall on your shirt with a loud rip!
It may curl up with you just to cuddle
Or run in your room and make your mind flip.
It may stare, concerned, at your strange shower;
It may kick its legs on your brand-new shoe
Or watch your old clock tick by the hour,
And yet they will stay when you sneeze achoo.
My cat shall constantly stay next to me,
And it will never feel the need to flee.