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During the long
      cold days
     of January,

we attracted several cats, drawn
           to free food
     on the porch.

Two of them still visit
   now and again,

        but three


   Of these, my daughter

has named two, considering
    them her personal property

    (plainly, the child doesn’t

The smallest, however, she left
            unnamed, he so timid
        that she’s given up
                   chasing him.

      This one is my friend.

  He watches for me, and
         when I’m alone,
     he follows me around.

            He seems to recognize
                 a fellow shy soul.

I call him Littlefoot
      because he has
  tiny feet, dainty
            like a very small

       He runs his petite feet
             in front of mine
         until I’m forced into
                 a stiff-legged
      uneven shuffle in my attempt
         not to step on him.

Like the rest of us,
     he needs a little affection,
            attention, the feeling that


       is happy he’s here.

         Poor creature.

               He doesn’t

       that in this hard, rushing world,

             no one has time

         to run gentle fingers
             through long yellow

          not even hair
                as soft
                      as his.
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Prosaic-Scriptor May 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
That's so sad!!! :(

Blueskye27 May 28, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
:whisper: I still pet Littlefoot everyday. :hug:
Prosaic-Scriptor May 31, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww..... Good, I'm glad!
LylicaGalatea May 19, 2008   Photographer
am I strange but it sounds a little sad... however I like the name little foot and the soul resonance that you feel :)
Blueskye27 May 19, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
No, I don't think you're strange. It is a little sad that we forget such small kindnesses...
Probably cats never stop being feral, some of them just like being lazy.

Presumably humans encouraged them because of their ungentle ways with rodents and other small creatures.

Over the millennia they have certainly discovered what buttons to push.
Blueskye27 May 9, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
They're all half-grown and very sweet. He's just so shy...:aww:
I'm more of a puppy person than a kittie person (I'm probably like the only person who's actually afraid of kittens...). The ending on this one threw me off a little. Of course, you still make time to stroke him, don't you? :hug:
Blueskye27 May 7, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Of course. He needs some attention, too. :hug:
PrettyCrazy May 7, 2008  Hobbyist Writer

There's a poem in Dutch... I'm not gonna dig it up now but I'm reminded of one of the ideas in it... It was something about, maybe, we are for some creature, also cats... I can't explain properly... That there might be a world gigantically much bigger than ours, and we're that world's stray cats and ever so often someone from that world kicks us away and we feel pain and neglect and shame, but ever so often someone from that world pets us and we feel loved and happy...

I don't know where that came from... maybe because you compared yourself with the cat...

It's beautifully said anyway.
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