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The cat who's finally learnt 
at ten years old

to sleep in a cardboard box
perches now, lemur-precarious, 

at the edge of an over-full chair
softly snoring. 

Even an old cat
can learn new tricks

from the Great Felinity
who tangles quantum string

round softly-hissing black hole balls
deep in the centre of the multiverse.

This poem was first published in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, May/June 2019