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Topic: Light and Dark (05/21/09)
TITLE: The Last Meow
By Patricia Herchenroether
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ADD TO MY FAVORITES
It’s cold and scarity out here,
so I’m hidin’ in this pipe.
‘Tis dark and slimy, rusty, too,
and smellin’ awful ripe.
<I>Some days ago, a big ol’ box
drove up and opened wide.
Men toted all me master’s stuff
and piled it all inside.</I>
I was getting’ painful hungry
By ’n by I chomped some weeds
‘til something made me toss ’em up-
can’t find no other feeds.
<I>I jumped up to the window ledge
to peek inside the place.
Weren’t nothing’ like it was afore,
just big old empty space.</I>
When neighbor’s growler tromped me,
Couldn’t scratch or give a whack.
Somebody stole my claws away
and never put ‘em back.
<I>Me family’s shack no longer smiled;
the place was cold and bare
No flameage warmed the hearth for me;
gone was me snuggle chair.</I>
I snatched a ratten up one day;
seemed like right thing to do.
The nasty thing bloodied my mouth;
me maw’s too sore to chew.
<I>I ‘member as the masters left
and latched me out the door,
The youngest one cried, “Da, bring Tom-
he won’t have food no more!”</I>
I tried to purr up neighbor boys,
rubbin’ their gams and such.
They kicked me, cracked me with some rocks;
now walkin’ hurts too much.
<I>“Don’t worry, boy,” the fodder said,
afore they left the drive.
“Them cats like Tom don’t need us folks,
they ken how to survive.”</I>
But they didn’t see the growler
or the ratten’s foamy face,
nor boys with rocks thrown at ol’ Tom,
crouched sick in this dark place.
I feels a wee bit stranger now;
where’ve hurts and hunger gone?
What is that light a glaring’ so?
‘Tis time ol’ Tom moves on.
<I>Author’s Note: Theologians will disagree with the above sentiments; but I wonder….
Since responsible pet owners love and take such pleasure from their pets, and even deeply mourn their deaths, might not The Lord have enough room for some in His Mansion?</I>
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