Family home made fine and friendly
All welcome in Edwardian style
Renovated, repaired and extended,
Made, as usual, for others to enjoy.
But while in residence for us
And animals it was our haven.
Two feline friends joined our heaven
One ginger, the other black and white
Tom and Felix were their names
We had with them such fun and games.
But our neighbours kept an aviary of birds
The lady had an aversion to cats and kittens
And danced the dance of death
When Tom and Felix dared to come too close.
Tom was lonely as the hours and days went by
No stroke of consolation was enough
As he cried and wandered, looking …
Until the fateful day when we found Felix
Under the hedge of horror,
Showing an expression of terror
Rigid and afraid in death arrayed.
Poison put down to discourage
The bird eating rats
Had killed one of our beloved cats
Tom was forever lonely after that.
As were we all.
© David Tenneson 2012
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