Haiku for a small gray cat

Posted on by Mary Shafer

I was going through some files today and ran across this little poem — a long haiku — I wrote about Idgie. I wrote it three years before Almost Perfect came out, and can see the beginnings of my frustration with people’s attitudes toward special needs pets.

Art is kewl.

I need rain or at

Least I could use a lesson

From a small gray cat

See me, see you, she

Can do neither but still she

Loves more than most do

The gift of vision

Is one she’s never had, yet

She knows more than we

Don’t feel sorry for

Her because she can’t miss what

She never possessed

Instead, admire her

For living beyond our small

Ideas of life

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