He Loves the Kitten


He loves the kitten

She loves him

He picks her up by the ruff of her skin

It sags where his hand has been


He blinks – she's gone

Water shines in his wide almond eyes

He searches for her while she hides


Under a full moon

She tears the Thingduguit lantern

Deep in the monsoon rain

She is safe beneath a pink umbrella


He finds her 

Their noses kiss


She cries a small me-ow

Her jaw, a terrifying cage

where diamonds shine 


A ruby cave

Teeth glisten like pomegranate seeds.



Mae Sot, Tak Province, Thailand.