Dark Angelic Figure with Whiskers

I crawled on my hands and knees
looking for a rat
as we played a game
of hide and seek.

The television was on
with sports scores and highlights
beaming into my living room
which was out of bounds.

I knew that if I turned on a light
it was cheating
but his black fur
hid him so well in the shadows.

I moved passed him three times
before spotting him on the bottom bookshelf
between This Terrible Sound
and The Shipwreck of Their Hope.

I tickled him to his utter joy
and he made ultrasonic laughter
which I imagined
I could hear.

copyright © 2023 Kenneth P. Gurney

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