For thousands of years,
have roamed the streets of the city
now known as Istanbul.
They have watched empires rise and fall.
They have endured as the city cycled
through famine and feast.
And through it all,
they have had no single master.
Instead in a strange love affair,
the city's inhabitants care for them
in admiration of their
grace and independence.
The Turkish documentary,
is sweet and loving,
filled with beautiful visuals of cats
and the surprisingly moving
and fanciful thoughts
of those who know them.
Midnight and I drift off to sleep
watching the fluid tracking shots
filmed at cat eye level.
If you are a cat lover
or interested in foreign cultures,
You won't be sorry.