So tiny you fit on a shelf
When I first brought you home.
Those big black eyes looked up at me
And you could do no wrong.
We’ve lived through a lot together
Three houses and three jobs,
An off and on relationship,
A move to the country.
You licked tears from my eyes and cheeks.
You snuggled close at night.
You came running when I entered
No matter where I’d been.
You loved water from the faucet
And chased your laser light.
You put up with bows round your neck
And friends who hated cats.
I cursed you at midnight.
I held you when you hurt.
I ignored you too often
And forgot to brush you.
I’ll miss your bowls and litter box,
And your green mouse pointer,
Your toys scattered around the house
Cushions covered in towels.
But mostly I’ll miss your friendship
And your unconditional love.
To Hermione, named after a Harry Potter character, who found me at the exact right moment and left us way too soon.