A Cat Called Shan

by Pamela Griffiths

A factory cat had some kittens
In a drainpipe way down low
She took some fish heads to feed them
This was so many years ago

The cat was missing probably dead
Workers heard the kittens one day
Some kittens died but others survived
A vet came to take them away

We asked if we could take one home
We rescued one from the hole
Our kitten was such a character
A cute pleasant feline soul

She was playful and amusing
We weaned her on tuna fish
She nearly had my finger off
So I put some into a dish

We named our little kitten Shan
She loved being with our dog Lady
Lady took good care of her
She thought Shan was her baby

Years passed by Shan became an adult
She was there through thick and thin
She frightened visitors at our door
From behind them she'd make a din

Just like a banshee she sometimes howled
Like a dog she followed us around
Then as she got even older still
There was also a gurgling sound

Shan had survived she had a good life
We made sure that she was okay
But at the old age of twenty two
She was sadly taken away

Sheffield England

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I have lived in Sheffield all my life, I am widowed with two sons, a daughter and a stepson. They are married, some with children of their own. I also have nine grandchildren. I am gay and live with my partner Sandy., I won the local poem competition for 2011 with 'Home Sweet Home in Loxley Valley' and was included in the poets of the year book 2011. I will be appearing in the writers of the year book 2011., I was interviewed by the press and had a video recorded by the Sheffield Star newspaper to appear on their website. I read the winning poem and there is an interview afterwards. The presentation was held at the Sheffield Central Library, the photographer from the Sheffield Start and Sheffield Telegraph came to take pictures. The story appeared in both newspapers, the article in the Star took up a whole page., I have recently retired from my full time position for the NHS in Quality management. I will now be devoting more time to my writing. I studied with the Morris College of Journalism for my diploma in freelance journalism. I have a diploma in Quality management for ISO quality management systems. I have RSA qualifications and NVQ up to highest level 3 in Information Technology and have my ECDL European Computer Driving Licence., I was first published in an anthology in the late 1990's with 'Stormy Clouds' I picked up an entry form a local library and that's how it all started. Since then I went on to have many more of my poems published by United Press over the years. I have been included in a few poets of the year books and diaries along with CD's. I had my short story 'Whispering Shadow' published in a book of short stories called 'Living Proof' in 2011., I had my first own book of poems published in 2009 'Expression of Life' which is still a top ten book listed on the BookBuzz site. I have completed my second own poetry book 'Moments in Time' which is also listed as a top ten book on the BookBuzz site. I love writing so I am looking forward to devoting more time to it now that I have retired.

Last updated March 05, 2014