"My Girlfriend's Cat Is a Nihilist" by Christoph Paul

My Girlfriend's Cat is a Nihilist.

She believes in nothing


but hissing at me

near the window


and hoping to eat the heads

of birds chirping sweet songs


and the squirrels

who run down the trees.


My Girlfriend's Cat reads Nietzsche

and The Marquis de Sade


hissing at my need to pet her

while she waits to be thrown


the toy ball she pre-

tends to kill.


Then she takes her catnap

dreaming of nothingness.