though I am observing
Subroutines are not easy to create or re-create.
Girly Girl, as we now call her,
Is implacable at times, briefly inconsolable,
then it passes.
I remember that is how she was when she was Whitney,
When she lived here as a fledgling kitten.
I watch as she circles the edge of a room,
taking it all in,
where are the things, other cats,
We pet her as much as we can
and reassure her,
still she is not to be reassured except by herself.
She is all cat.
The subroutine, the new routine of Girly Girl
Is evolving as we speak.
She develops new areas of tolerance, daring to go a little farther each day.
Tommy is jealous and yet he too, is adjusting,
(having known her once as Whitney, his sister, 12 years ago)
now he is never quite accepting
of Girly Girl.