NINE LIvES OUT
I never cared for cats.
Never around when you want them
and they rather tend to themselves.
It’s like they don’t want to be
apart of the family.
Fur that was white and grey
so my sister called you Silver.
She loved you but then she couldn’t
take you and so I got stuck
I hated how you meowed every night
because you wanted to go out
and chase the other cats
as well as hunt the prey
that hid in the darkness.
My legs still ache from the scratches
and because of you,
I wasted a fortune on getting new pants.
God how I wanted to kick you.
As much of a pain as you were,
all of my dogs loved you.
That’s why I always cut you a break
but then it happened.
My dogs started to go away
and when they did, I would find you
on top of my dresser every morning
looking down at me.
That’s when I started to love you.
I didn’t mind your meowing
and I actually enjoyed buying your food.
I grew to admire your independence
and appreciated how you scared away the vermin.
While I couldn’t pet you
or play tug of war.
I did enjoy watching you
especially when you had a full load
of Cat nip.
I laughed so hard
when got scared of your own shadow.
I almost died as you chased a red dot
smacking into the wall.
To this day, I’ll never forget the time
we lost you during the hurricane coming through,
but you found your way back
and it took forever to dry you off.
You were always a survivor.
As the years went on, more loss happened
but you always were around
and I was beginning to give it thought
that you were going to outlive me.
Until it finally happened
and it hit me like a hammer
knocking all the air out
and making it hard to breathe.
You just got too old,
Your claws couldn’t cut wet paper,
and your food would never stay down.
I couldn’t face it.
I never thought I would believe it
but it has happened and
if you could understand me, I want you to know
that you’re the reason I respect cats now.
Excerpt from my novel, Faces of the Masses, available now on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Faces-Masses-Anthony-Labson-ebook/dp/B00R1OHYZW/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8