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THE OLD CAT


THE OLD CAT
by Jackie Huck

Iโ€™m an old grey cat letting life slip by,
Nothing disturbs as I twitch and sigh,
My silken fur is grizzled and dank,
My sturdy frame is frail and lank,
Itโ€™s a shadow world as my eyesight dims,
A bony old cat with creaking limbs,
But my heart beats strong with a faithful thud And I have to say that lifeโ€™s been good.
Iโ€™ve lain for hours in the kindly sun,
Chased autumn leaves just for fun,
I used to climb in the highest tree,
I caught a rat bigger than me,
Iโ€™ve hunted mice beneath the moon,
Crooned to clouds my special tune,
Iโ€™ve been loved and pampered and understood,
Thereโ€™s not long left,
but itโ€™s all been good.
No rain-soaked nights with dripping hair But a warm fireside and my favourite chair,
No fight to live in a friendless world Just contented dreams on a cushion curled,
No harsh words on a lonely street But a gentle voice and the best to eat,
No hungry stray round the neighbourhood,
Yes,
Iโ€™ve been lucky and lifeโ€™s been good.
My hours pass slowly,
I sleep all day,
But I sometimes watch while the young ones play Remembering times when I rushed around With agile paws that made no sound,
Then a tender hand strokes my ragged fur,
And I fall asleep with a peaceful purr,
As I drift serenely towards the end,
I know Iโ€™ve lived with a catโ€™s best friend.

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