Because Walt is a vast creature containing multitudes,
his last name became Whitman.
Because he moves like a quiet river,
Because a dog bite warped his tail,
he’s wary of barkers.
Because if his fur’s tweaked, he will hiss,
spit, unsheathe his claws; or flee to climb a tree.
Because his eyes shine full moons, he must
be related to owls—wise, too.
Because in a closet in his mind, he stores
Egyptian diadems, worship isn’t a surprise.
Because Walt’s middle name is Magnanimous,
when sprawling in the sun he purrs: