“There are all sorts of things about your cat you will never, as long as you live, forget. Not the least of these is the first sight of him or her.”  Cleveland Amory 

ValentinaI often wonder if it’s fate, or just sheer luck

 Whenever I encounter all the creatures that I do

I happened upon this tiny furry face in an old wall

Looking so very hungry, so very lonely, and so blue

 She was living under a factory loading dock

 Right next to an old tangled stretch of wood

And when I heard the coyotes howling nearby

 I knew that this little one’s future was not good

 So I started visiting her every chance that I had

 And I always brought her a little something to eat

 She was only about six months old, and so very alone

 Her being able to survive out on her own was quite a feat

 She eventually began recognizing me from quite a distance

 And that cute little face of hers, would now quickly peek out

 I was determined to get her out of her lonely hole in the wall

 I knew she longed to live a much better life, without a doubt

It took quite some time, before I earned her complete trust

But when I did, I immediately whisked her away to the vet

 Vaccinations, parasite removal, and spaying, for this little one

 In all honesty, I’ve never met a homeless waif I haven’t liked yet

 And when I very recently brought this furry little orphaned feline home

 My wife immediately noticed a huge wondrous heart shape on her side

So now, we both smiled, laughed like children, and proclaimed in unison

 “I really think we should name this precious little furball, Little Valentine!”

And so now we have,

And she truly is precious,

And well worth saving,

From an extremely lonely,

And probably very short-lived,

 Orphaned life, out on her own.

 And, of course, as they usually do,

Almost immediately upon her arrival,

 Most of our other once homeless critters, 

Very compassionately, welcomed her home.

 Now, she’s our very sweet and very safe, new little Valentine,

 And to our humble home, she’s brought another ray of sunshine.

 ©2008, Mr. Ed

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