Animal Writes
25 July 2001 Issue
The Greatest Gift

by Guila Manchester

A battle scarred

Old alley cat,

So weary

And so thin,

His home a hole

In the ground

You found

And took him in.

You sheltered him,

You gave him food,

You healed

His running sore.

You gave him love,

You gave him care,

You gave him

Something more.

You gave him time

Spent just with you


With tender care.

Afraid to trust,

He trusted you;

He knew

That help was there.

You took

A sick old alley cat

Left on

Life's discarded shelf,

And gave

The greatest gift of all.

You gave him

Of yourself.

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