Animal Writes
16 February 2000 Issue
Song For Baby Ruth

by [email protected] (Patricia Rogers)

"Does cute things."

That's what the lady wrote;

before she died.

Three by five cards.

After each cat's name

she wrote a description.

Baby Ruth.

Gray and black tabby.

Female. Spayed.

Likes soft food.

Does cute things.

A letter arrives.


Sandy has died.

At fifty-four.

Please, she had asked.

Please promise

you will find them homes.

They are old now

and they were "hard to place"

when they came to Sandy

So many years ago.

Years of walking

to the store

to get their food

and litter.

Years of carrying them

to the vet --

on foot;

or asking someone

to drive her.

No car.

No license.

An ex who left her

with nothing

but twenty years

of promises.

No one ever said


did cute things.

But she must have once.

How else,

in the end,

thin and in pain,


too tired

to talk,

could she have

carefully added

to the description

of the little cat

"does cute things."

(The Above Is A True Story)

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