The key
to every cat’s inscrutable psyche,
is what one can only say
is a compulsion, an obsession,
for elegance.

wherever he may roam,
he stops to groom and comb
with a pink probing tongue,
preening and furrowing the fur,
along one slim foot poised in air.

Eyes closed in ecstasy
he sways
in a lissom
miracle of rhythm
and feline autism.

“Felis sana in corpore sano!”