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Life Fell Prey

It was amazingly clean of rats,
perhaps it was because of her cats,
but her body looked as if she had been
dead for days,
she was old,
weightless, and dry,
she was cold,
thin, and she’d cry,
she had no family to check in on her,
and no friends to stop on by,
she’d fall asleep hoping she’d wake no more,
but the pain from the open sores,
kept her awake and the blood from her pores,
glued her to the floor,
and she was just too weak to heal old wounds,
they would reopen and become painful too soon,
death made progress,
and she was happy about that,
but she’ll miss her pets, mostly her cats,
however her life fell prey,
to loneliness that day,
and that’s how she stayed,
even after she prayed and prayed.

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  1. Date: 2/23/2009 4:41:00 PM
    i love love love your work. this makes me chuckle. the truth in it gives me joy. There are many women who can relate to this. Why is it we collect cats in our end days? Oh thank you for reading some of my work. Catherine. how do I add you to fav's

  1. Date: 2/13/2009 2:26:00 AM
    Eee gads, what a horrificly sad and brutal scene! Wow, very vivid, I could almost smell her, good job, but bleck!!! lol Love, Kristin

  1. Date: 2/12/2009 3:59:00 PM
    Frank, this is a semi-sweet but also sad statement about life's progression. I once had cats for company, but the last one died in January 2008 at the age of 22. I miss them. And I'm glad I did not miss this great poem! Best wishes, Carolyn

  1. Date: 2/12/2009 2:50:00 AM
    wow... i have no words... i could actually see her pray and fall off!! wow.. you really got me on this!! loved all the lines .. i love cats too! ~ Arany

  1. Date: 2/11/2009 5:15:00 PM
    Dude I afound myself covering my mouth as I read this out loud..She actually died while praying? interesting..I love the lines that she was glued to the floor by her own have some imagery in this piece that is very strong..very good write brother.