Ode to Spot      

     Felis Cattus, is your taxonomic nomenclature,

     an endothermic quadruped carnivorous by nature?

     Your visual, olfactory and auditory senses

     contribute to your hunting skills, and natural defenses.


     I find myself intrigued by your subvocal oscillations,

     a singular development of cat communications

     that obviates your basic hedonistic predilection

     for a rhythmic stroking of your fur, to demonstrate affection.


     A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents;

     you would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance.

     And when not being utilized to aide in locomotion,

     it often serves to illustrate the state of your emotion.


     O Spot, the complex levels of behaviour you display

     connote a fairly well-developed cognitive array.

     And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend,

     I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend.


         o Data, "Schisms"