A Lonely Cat

I wish someone would tell me what is it that I’ve done wrong.
Why do I have to stay outside in the rain and be left alone so long?
They seemed so glad to have me when I came here as a kitten.
There were so many things we’d do while I was growing up.

The Master said he’d love me as a companion and a friend.
The Mistress said she’d never fear to be left alone again.
The children said they’d feed me and brush me every day.
They’d play with me and walk me if I would only stay.

But now the Master hasn’t time, the Mistress says I shed.
She doesn’t want me in the house, not even to be fed.
The Children never pet me; they always say, “Not now”
I wish that I could please them. Won’t someone tell me how?

All I had, you see, was love.
I wish they would explain
Why they said they wanted mine,
And then left it outside in the rain.

Author: Jodi Riker Yap

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