“Time spent with a Cat
is never wasted.” 

Miss SalsaThis family had lost everything
In the devastation of the hurricane
Now their days were extremely sad
Filled with darkness and with pain

 They were now staying with relatives
In a small town in southern Mississippi
At least they’d found their precious Miss Salsa
This old black cat had always filled them with glee

 Soon they decided that they would re-locate
To a northern city by the name of Chicago
They were now finally ready to begin their new lives
Until they unbelievably heard that Miss Salsa couldn’t go

 “We, the Government, will pay the bus fare,
For your family to now re-locate to Chicago;
But, we the Government, will not pay for a cat,
Therefore, your Little Miss Salsa simply can’t go.”

Luckily at about the same time this was happening
I was getting ready to drive back to the Windy City
My truck was already overflowing with numerous pets
But I very gladly found room for this adorable old kitty

And it seems that Little Miss Salsa loved to talk
So she gave me all sorts of back seat driver hell
Every time I got lost or made a wrong turn
So I think this old kitty cat is pretty darn swell

 And a very joyous reunion took place a few days later
Between this re-located family and their beloved cat
I’m sure old Miss Salsa will help ease their anxiety
As they start their new lives I’ve no doubt about that

 But when will our callous government finally learn
That pets are beloved members of so many families?
And when will our extremely slow moving government
Finally end all of this needless pain suffering and misery?

© Ed Kostro

Taken from ‘Through Katrina’s Eyes: Poems from an Animal Rescuer’s Soul

ISBN 1-59113-867-1

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A Cats Prayer

Lead me down all the right paths,
Keep me from fleas, bees, and baths.
Let me in should it storm,
Keep me safe, fed, and warm.


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