The cats swim him.
Drink him up with green eyes, rubbing against his shin.
“Year of the tiger” he said by way of explanation.
If you believe in that.
Charm was undeniable and Kiri, the Siamese, never behaved
like that with anyone before.
They all wanted to know what he was going to do next.
Cat print by Kiyoshi Saito, Engraving by Philip John
New York Public Library Digital Collection, Public Domain