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Mother Love

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Mother Love

She just appeared one winter’s day,
A little cat from nowhere.
I tried my best to coax her in,
To give her food and care.

She stood her ground, just out of reach
As I filled up a dish
With feed from Tiger’s ample stash,
As much as she could wish.

Waiting until the door was closed
She ate all she could hold,
Then turned and went beneath my deck,
Her fortress from the cold.

It went that way all winter long,
At the same time every day,
She’d come until she had been fed,
Then turn and slink away.

Though Tiger and I worried lots,
The stray cat was doing fine.
Whenever I filled up her dish
She’d be right there to dine.

The winter waned, the warm spring came,
I knew her woes were over.
With sun to warm her frozen bones
She would live her life in clover.

One morning to my great surprise,
There were two kittens there.
One was all white and one was dark,
They were a handsome pair.

After breakfast she licked both of them
‘Til they were shining clean,
The most devoted mother cat
That I had ever seen.

How did she learn the lessons 
That she teaches them today,
When she is so disadvantaged,
Just a lonely little stray?

She coaxes them to lie down
In the sunshine on the deck, 
Then lays right down beside them,
Holding them close to her neck.

I run to take a picture
Of the scene so sweet, I cried.
The three of them together,
Mother love personified.


For Leonora's contest "Adorable Picture"

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  1. Date: 3/28/2013 9:11:00 PM
    Congratulations, Joyce this is a nice winning poem, I'm also stopping by to say hi, and wish you an early Happy Easter, just in case I don't have time to stop by in the next few days. take care and have yourself a good one~ Always & Forever *LINDA"

  1. Date: 3/28/2013 2:36:00 AM
    I AM SO IN IT. CONGRATS ON YOUR WIN.

  1. Date: 3/27/2013 5:01:00 PM
    Joyce, , a nice winning poem, Congrats~SKAT

  1. Date: 3/24/2013 4:43:00 PM
    Joyce, beautiful. Rick

  1. Date: 3/24/2013 1:04:00 PM
    Many congrats Joyce....Donna.

  1. Date: 3/24/2013 7:43:00 AM
    Joyce, excellent tale of this wonderful mother cat, congratulations on your win.

  1. Date: 3/24/2013 12:09:00 AM
    My hearty congratulations on your 2nd place win in my contest my dear friend Joyce! I extremely love and enjoyed your amazing sweet poem. Thank you so much for your full support. Have a blessed Palm Sunday/Weekend! love and hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 2/23/2013 2:53:00 PM
    If this poem does not win the contest Joyce ..... I'll just say that it has won my heart .... love it. - Wish you had time to read my latest poem, she as I write about reminds me of you ...... in a cute way. - Hope your weekend will be lovely. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    Andresen Avatar Anne Lise Andresen
    Date: 2/23/2013 3:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    That's what I meant ..... you are a very loving and sweet grandmother. - (My grandmother remind me of you) - Wooow .... 95 years and birthdays party for the whole family and all your friends .... You're quite a lady!! - I want to wish you a very enjoyable birthdays in advance - I hope it will be a fantastic day! - Thank you for reading my poem. - Love from Norway - Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 2/23/2013 12:29:00 PM
    awww, love this lovely write, Joyce - congrats on all your wins too : )

  1. Date: 2/22/2013 1:00:00 AM
    gosh, yours is the first I've seen in this contest. You put a lot of thought into your entry, Joyce. And it's apparent that you know your cats!! and love them as much as I do. A winner!!