There is no better mentor than a cat,
Here for little else than giving love,
Intended as a playmate and a friend,
Roles that all should play if in the end
They would know joy they could be certain of.
Yet some look down their noses at all that.
No one need one's deepest need defend.
If one's alive, then one will needy prove.
Nor need one hold one's need at one remove,
Enduring needlessly an empty lap.