Eight years ago I saved a scrawny black kitten 
Outside of a store when I used to work in town.
Brought her home in a flimsy, cardboard box 
Big green eyes staring up at me as we drove to
The place that would be her new forever home.

Eight years of loving this silly cat, who is far 
From the scraggly baby she was that October.
A Halloween kitty that stole my horror loving
Heart right out of my chest. She’s now indoors
Taking up space on the couch and the bed, and
I wouldn’t trade that for anything in the world.
Sometimes I think that Miss Kitty Russell and I?
We saved each other, you know.