I Saw a Dead Cat Today
I saw a dead cat today on the way to buying a newspaper nearby. Nothing special really. Just sad. A women was checking if the cat was dead. It was obvious to me that she was.
She was a tabby and white. Grey spotted tabby section and clean and clear white. I think she was a female judging by her size.
I am guessing she was hit by a car. She probably raced across the road from the flats on one side and ended up on the other side to die on the grass.
She was in the cat sleep position with her head turned up so the chin pointed upward.
As I walked past I said, Oh Jesus! and walked on. I can’t bear the sight. But on the way back I looked and for the remaining 400 yards of my walk home I composed this crude poem in her memory.
Just another day
I’ve got to go and buy the paper
Curled up on the grass she lay
Tabby and white, spotted
What did you say?
Yes, she was a tabby cat, I said
Another day, just another cat
No more need to fight
for territory, for space
of your own. As if sleeping
You’ve gone to a better place
Goodbye tabby girl
You’re over the rainbow bridge
And I’ll see you again one day
God speed my little girl cat…16th December 2009