So much depends upon
the naming of small furry ones.
They will be fundamentally altered
if I call them Muffin and Pudding
or Tiger and Panther
or Solomon and The Queen of Sheba.
He is small and black, the baby of the litter.
She is feisty and golden, and leads him around.
If only their colors were switched! I would call them Arthur and Morgan le Fay…
but Arthur must be golden and le Fay black.
Almost I settled on Trotwood and Miss Betsey. I love to name for personality.
But I would have had to explain
We hovered over Pepper and Saffron
and settled, at last,
on Goldilocks and Bear
because they belong to children who do not understand Trotwood
and Kelly liked it
and I enjoy the subtle irony of the personality reversal
the mild Bear and the pushy Goldilocks.
So they venture out
where so many braver animals have been decimated
by cars and traps and hawks and things
I think they have a little fairytale magic of their own
and it is good to snuggle fluff again.