1372. Famous cat
© Bruce Goodman 11 August 2018
You are such a lucky cat! said Leopold to his cat, Heidi.
Heidi was sitting on Leopold’s lap while Leopold typed.
You, said Leopold, will become a famous cat! You will be known all over the world as the cat that sat on my lap while I typed out my poetic masterpieces. You will be mentioned in every biography of me, and perhaps, if you’re lucky, there’ll be a photo. In fact, I shall take a photograph now of you on my lap. There! Perhaps such a photo might even grace the cover of my volume of poems.
With a great deal of breathless anticipation, Leopold sent his collection of poems to a publisher. Perhaps, suggested Leopold, the cover could include a picture of my cat? The poems were rejected. Who buys poetry books these days, asked the publisher?
On that same day, Leopold’s cat, Heidi, got run over on the road by a truck.