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Rescued Cat

by Arlene Pace


Once I was a lonely cat
Just looking for a home
I had no place to go,
No one to call my own....

I wandered up and down the streets
In rain, in heat, in snow
I ate whatever I could find
I was always on the go.

My skin would itch, my feet were sore
My body ached with pain
And no one stopped to give a pat
Or gently say my name

I never saw a loving glance
I was always on the run
For people thought that hurting me
Was a really lot of fun

Then one day I heard a voice
So gentle, kind and sweet
And arms so soft reached down to me
And took me off my feet -

"No one again will hurt you"
Was whispered in my ear
"You'll have a home to call your own
Where you will know no fear,

You will be dry, you will be warm
You'll have enough to eat
And rest assured that when you sleep
Your dreams will all be sweet"

I was afraid, I must admit
I've lived so long in fear
I can't remember when I let
A human come so near -

As she tended to my wounds
And bathed and brushed my fur
She told me about the rescue group
And what it meant to her

She said "We are a circle
A line that never ends
And in the centre there is you
Protected by new friends

And all around you are
The ones that check the pounds
And those who share their home
After you've been found

And all the other folk
Are searching near and far
To find a perfect home for you
Where you can be a star"

She said "There is a family
That's waiting patiently
And pretty soon we'll find them
Just you wait and see

And then they'll join our circle
They'll help to make it grow
So there'll be room for more like you
Who have no place to go"

I waited very patiently
The days they came and went
Today's the day I thought
My family will be sent

Then just when I began to think
It wasn't meant to be
There were people standing there
Just gazing down at me

I knew them in a heartbeat
I could tell they felt it too
They said "We have been waiting
For a special cat like you"

Now every night I say a prayer
To all the Gods that be
"Thank you for the life I live
And all you've given me

But most of all protect the cats
In the pound and on the street
And send a rescue person
To lift them off their feet."

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