Odes to Murmella, the family cat

We just lost our cat, Murmella.  these poems are in memory of her.


the family cat

black and white, purring soft, we

miss you already

The Family Cat

Uninvited she arrived one day

a pregnant bag of skin and bones

nursed back to health yet still a stray

She’d often wander far from home

For the kittens a new home was found

and in the intervening years

we’d harken to the soft meow-

Murmella’s purrs through gentle tears

She didn’t like the other pets

A giant dog and friendly cur

She’d bite and scratch if they would set

a little bit too close to her

You may well ask “what good is a cat?”

And I admit I thought this way-

I’d often thought of her with scorn

But now that she has gone away

I’ve found it in my heart to mourn

She was “just” the family cat

But Lora loved her like her own

She took her off the streets and that

is why she lived so well and long


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