2020 Annual Valentine. Illustration by Destiny Rice.
|Your pained gaze pins,
reproaches me for this vet visit.
I won’t budge. You know
I’m not the fun one.
I don’t give foot-thumping scratches
or slip treats beneath the table.
I administer medicine,
fill your bowl with dry kibble,
drag you to the groomer
past the door of no return.
You may send others off
with uncontained kisses and wiggles,
but tonight, you will sleep
on my bed, pressed against me
like a weighted blanket
keeping out the cold.