_ A Sociology Lesson_
Don’t stare at us
and talk behind our backs.
We’re just folks
who love each other like you do.
Don’t say we’re cute
and think we should hold hands:
We don’t do things
just the same way you folks do.
Don’t take our photo
and show us to all your friends.
We have our own kind
of dignity and and our own ways.
We’re not exotic captives
to point at and jabber in front of:
We speak your language
and it’s you that’s strange to us.
=Wooly (the small gray cat)=
We wrote this little note to those who travel.
Having lived in tourist spots most of our lives,
we know how critters in the zoo and people of
other cultures feel when gawked at, snapped at
without permission, and how being spoken loudly
and slowly at in another language feels. Cats know.