Strider, 1988-2004

Three mice a day
but on a low protein diet
Vet's special food
to be fed by hand

A tiny furball in '88
grew into a handsome cat
his little black cloak
always undone

Like all cats
homing in
on the comfort zone
the warmer the better

Drinking water
drinking water
drinking water
drinking water

Out of the toilet
out of the sink
out of the bowl
with the floating lit candles

Came running
and calling
after a year's absence
by your writer

16 years passed
the fence now too high
to jump over
collected from neighbour's

That night,
the Rainbow Bridge opened
and Strider strode across
in June '04

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