I put down my book The Meaning of Zen, and see the cat smiling into her fur as she delicately combs it with her rough pink tongue.
"Cat, I would gladly lend you this book to study but it appears you have already read it."
She looks up and gives me her full gaze.
"Don't be ridiculous," she purrs, "I wrote it."
from "Miao" by Dilys Laing