i looked into the small room
at the front of the house
he was sitting very quietly
in the corner
he smiled warmly
and i sat down across from him
we sat there for quite a while
our breath was synchronized
nothing else was needed

someone else told me that
he often liked to squeeze
into tight corners
blending with the wall
if you took time to observe this
you might only notice an eye blink
or a slight nose twitch
that was enough for many minutes
or many years

much later i heard of his sudden passing
i was surprised to hear he was a cat
apparently he didn`t know i was a man

( for Max )