Are you happy?  -  A poem by Elisa English

 

Are you happy? 

I often wonder.

A free spirit confined,

you must be sad. 

 

I cannot tell. 

I am, as always,

bad at reading emotions,

especially your poker face 

 

Day after day,

we see you change

to conform to our lifestyle

submissively, without complaints.

 

Bit by bit,

something inside you,

precious and exquisite,

withers away along the way

 

Though you speak no word,

your actions speak louder

By the door you stand

at every opportunity you get

 

I am beginning to doubt

as I look into your eyes.

How can we give you the best

of the two worlds?

 

Written by Elisa English, all rights reserved

 

<I wrote this poem as we first adopted a stray cat from the wild in our neighborhood>

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