It is Orpheus once for all
whenever there is song . . .
Isn’t it enough if sometimes he can dwell
with us a few days longer than a rose?

The Sonnets to Orpheus
Rainer Maria Rilke
My beloved cat Orpheus (1984-99) liked to help when I briefly tried my hand at sewing. This snapshot was taken in the late 1980s, long before I developed a serious interest in photography.