There’s a fine line between “pet me” and “hands off,” but only Buddy knows where that line is, and most days, he’s not telling. Peace to your ♥ !


Everything’s good. He’s peaceful and calm.
His presence is soothing. His purring is balm.

I could lie here with Buddy for hours on end,
But suddenly, somehow, we’re no longer friends.

He’s swatting at me with claws that need clipping
And baring his teeth for a bout of cat nipping.

What a fickle, despicable thing to do!
Suddenly, somehow, it’s high time I shoo.

© Stephanie Malley