The cat and dog had barked and hissed, stalked and chased themselves to exhaustion
now they crouched, panting, on neutral territory, a wary, watchful distance apart
The cat was the first to speak, all nonchalance, licking a paw
“the best thing” cat growled
“is night-time quiet, dark-world waiting,
I hear and see everything, from the centre, where I am, all alone"
Dog sniffed this in
“the best thing” dog wriggled
“is day- time noise, a bladder emptying walk and a gut-filled snooze
I hear and smell everyone, where we are, all at home"
For a moment, cat and dog looked into each others eyes
a flash of understanding passed between them, an acceptance
then lunge went the dog, and puff-ball scratch went the cat
and at it, they went, again.