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Writing by Andie Reyes // Illustration by Tirajeh Farahani

I’ll start singing you beautiful boy by John Lennon when I see you hurt and helpless. All I want to do is cry, and the most curious thing is that you are a cat, you are my cat.

I met you between antidepressant pills and tears that seemed to never end, you arrived in a military backpack and we both saw each other and at that moment for some reason we recognized us.

You followed me everywhere, when I woke up in the morning my eyes saw your eyes and my heart was filled with joy.

But I was careless and you were attacked by two dogs. Your little legs will never be the same and now your walk is slow.

Is it strange to love a cat as much as I love any person? I don’t care, you are my baby – animals have souls and we feel bonded together.

I know that one day you will leave me here. I have thought about it a lot and I am afraid, I am afraid of the open windows, of the dogs that bark outside the house, but above all I am afraid of  the time that passes so quickly.

I am simultaneously afraid and happy to see how you get older, my sweet eyed kitty. Thank you for being with me through this.

Andy Reyes

Andy Reyes (she/her) is a Mexican writer, columnist, and poet. She is a feminist – the women she admires the most are her grandmother and mother. She is proudly Mexican and is interested in psychology and journalism – her favorite hobbies are knitting vests, reading, and making pancakes.

Andie started writing when she was seven years old, with the purpose to understand why she suffered from school bullying, she created a narrative about her experiences at school from the perspective of animals, that is where she fell in love with writing.

Andie likes sunsets, cuddling her cat Mushu and her little dog named Coco.

Tirajeh Farahani (she/her)

Based in Stockholm and born in Tehran, Tirajeh is a sustainable architecture student with many hobbies. When she’s not studying, you can find Tirajeh on the road, in the closest art museum or in the kitchen making experimental dishes. Combining her life experiences in subjects like identity, female sexuality, mental health and migration with her life-long passion for illustration is what’s bringing her to Ramona Magazine!

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