My Snowshoe Cat

for Sunshine

Like all the race of snowshoe cats,
     You have a noble heart.
I think about you constantly
     Whenever we're apart.

For bravery, you have no match,
     Especially in a pinch.
When faced with foes of fierce regard,
     You will not give an inch.

Compassion is your middle name—
     I've seen you rally round
The others when they're sore afraid
     And making mournful sounds.

I'll never have another cat
     Like you, I am quite sure.
You have a constant dignity;
     Your soul is strong and pure.

©2016 Michael Fraley

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