Posted: October 28, 2011 in Uncategorized



When cats Stay,

we more often than not turn

         our backs on them,


we leave for hours

in the wake of their cries,

and upon returning we don’t even glance their Way,

and yet they Stay.


When cats Stay,

there are times we are reading

and we get perturbed when they play between pages


we shove them off our laps

to return to our Computers


and kick them beneath our feet

because we felt they got in the Way,

and yet cats Stay.


When cats Stay,

there are times we forgot about them

in lieu of the Dog


as they cry to come in

we go out for a walk

         and they wait in the rain

         until you get back

hoping you’ll remember to let them back in

and yet cats Stay.          


When cats Stay,

its because they Love us

and don’t know why


and we say we Cherish them

yet leave them behind


when the times get tough

or the furniture changes


or we move out of state

we give them away

when all they ever wanted to do was Stay.


Your touch and lap was all that mattered,

not the toys or treats or additional pets.


You never felt it,

yet did you stop to hear

The Cat that loved you,

but you couldn’t see


And you couldn’t understand

the pain you felt

when you woke up

to an empty house.


The cat loved you enough

and thought he did what you wanted,

for your Unspoken words told him

to leave you in peace,


he never could have imagined you would fall to pieces.


If you try hard enough, the day will come

when Cats will Leave.


~ ~

Dedicated to Cassie, who left us




~ ~ ~

© Copyright 2011 ♥Susan Joyner-Stumpf


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