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Cat Poem Joy Lennick

Here is a sad poem for all feline lovers out there.

 OUR BASIL

Our old hotel, nick-named
‘Faulty Towels’ after a
well known TV sit-com
required a cat.

He arrived – slightly pompous
and aloof, at first…
Grey and white, soft and fluffy:
part Persian, purrfectly gorgeous.

He was: a furry pear on the step,
my warm boa on cool nights…
our youngest son’s beloved pet;
sometimes a pain…

Catrobatically agile, he hung
upside down from our shoulders;
took a siesta on the bowling green nearby
and stopped play!

Dainty, loving; a predator – cliché cunning as a fox –
he ushered in unexpected,
highly reluctant ‘house guests:’
petrified, coronary-inclined sparrows, terrified mice…

He ‘sashayed’ like a star – seduced guests with his
silky loveliness, iridescent eyes; his character…
invaded the odd bed but was ALWAYS
forgiven.

Then, one day, in one careless, forgetful action – in a
second of screeching madness –
he used up all his nine lives,
and our tears could have filled a reservoir.

Meet The Author...
Joy Lennick
Who Am I?

Most important 'jobs:' wife and mother to three sons. Hooked on reading and writing from a young age (wrote a simple play in junior school: acted on the stage). Joined the library at seven and that was it; the love affair continues...

First worked as a junior secretary, then secretary. Favourite job: A publishing company, Kaye & Ward in the City of London.

Apart from the odd poem, letter and article in magazines, and one poem read on Bournemouth radio, had various poems published in anthologies and won a few prizes. Ran my own Poetry Club for a while. Published: Celtic Cameos & Other Poems.

Factual books published: Running Your Own Small Hotel, & Jobs in Baking & Confectionery (Kogan Page Ltd., London), Updated two other author's books. As Biographer:Hurricane Halsey (True adventure), Memoir: My Gentle War; Faction novel: The Catalyst. Several short stories published in WordPlay anthologies (one winning lst prize through 'Writing' magazine as the best writing circle anthology of 2012 in the UK). A Group Leader for Creative Writing for the U3A group in Torrevieja, Spain.
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