Your absence has taken root

in my body, as an apple tree

might, or a dry creek bed

waiting for rain. Certainly

this rooting is a growing

thing, not a stone, perennial,

without a name in the books

you’ve read to me. I don’t

mind it so much anymore.

Moonlight in your fur, paws

furiously burying bones,

the mysterious sounds

you would make in the dark,

the weight of you moving

rafter to rafter. Look closer.