I stared in vain through window pane
as I was on my own.
My God and I would sometimes cry
as I sat here alone.
The wind was wild and snow had piled
up high on window sill.
Yet I was warm despite the storm,
despite infrequent chill.
My eyes in blur, saw something stir.
I raced outside to see.
It was a sight. I held it tight
and said, "You're safe with me."
So cold she was. I know because
she shivered for an hour.
Sad eyes were blue and hungry too.
She drank, though milk was sour.
Then trusting she, laid down on me -
curled tightly in my lap.
So soft her fur and quiet purr.
She took a prolonged nap.
As seasons came, she was the same -
so tame, so loving, swell.
And so it was, I know because
my mem-ry serves me well.
She was a friend right to the end
and trusting as could be.
Though snow had blown, the sun once shone
on ball of fuzz and me.
I stare in vain through window pane.
Again, I'm on my own.
My God and I will sometimes cry
as I sit here alone.
This poem won second place for the January 2017 poetry contest