Her purr is pneumatically loud in a still-dim bedroom at the time of my former commute. She's shut out at night but I'm not up soon enough to feed her. She's learnt whinging doesn't work, a persuasive appeal might. Her need for food triggers mine, prompts me up for breakfast when temptation would keep me in bed. I fuss over her before she goes out. I boot up my employer's computer while coffee filters and I begin my day cupping my drink's warmth, grateful for its gentle waking, a soft beacon out of the dark.
Emma Lee’s publications include “The Significance of a Dress” (Arachne, 2020) and “Ghosts in the Desert” (IDP, 2015). She co-edited “Over Land, Over Sea,” (Five Leaves, 2015), was Reviews Editor for The Blue Nib, reviews for magazines and blogs at http://emmalee1.wordpress.com. FB: https://www.facebook.com/EmmaLee1. Twitter @Emma_Lee1.