Kat Doesn’t Hiss 

This Kat doesn’t hiss
even when someone steps on her tail
even when it’s on purpose

This Kat doesn’t hiss
even when someone steals her ball of yarn
and won’t return it

This Kat doesn’t hiss
even when every day is the same
every night a repeat of the last

This Kat doesn’t hiss
even when someone splashes her
or eats her nibbles

Though this Kat doesn’t hiss
sometimes she thinks she should
like when someone bites her daughter
when someone makes fun of her spouse

or when the unfairness boils over
into a high-pitched wail

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