The Cat And The Mouse

This is a poem about forgiveness and reconciliation.

Once, there lived a cat and a mouse
In an average suburban house

The cat got his meals every day
Even when his owners were away

The cat had nothing to worry about
But there was something that he was without

He felt alone, even among mankind
For they could not understand his mind

So the cat felt lonely without a peer
But there was one other animal near

The mouse had to scavenge for every meal
And to run and hide when the women squeal

For he fears every moving being
And he is always from their sight fleeing

The cat seems to know that he’s the master
And he knows he can always run faster

And the cat knows that he is duty bound
To chase down every mouse that’s around

But the cat has had enough of killing
And to chase, he is no longer willing

For every time he does a mouse kill
He gets less and less of a feline thrill

And he thinks, “I would rather have a friend
Than see the life of this last old mouse end”

And so he waits for the mouse to come out
Of his hole, and to step gently about

But the mouse smells and sees the cat waiting
And he thinks that he is only baiting

After some nights without seeing the mouse
The cat walks back and forth throughout the house

The cat thinks, “I really need a new friend
But this mouse does not seem to comprehend

That my intentions about him are good
He has not accepted or understood”

Then the cat had a wonderful new thought
And to the mouse’s hole some good food brought

But still, the mouse refused to go outside
And from the cat, he continued to hide

Finally, the mouse had nothing to eat
And he wondered if he should take the treat

“Is it better to hunger in this place
Or to take the risk of death and disgrace?”

But then he thought, “For many countless years
Cats and mice have been at odds, it appears

But perhaps this cat is just not the same
And has finally given up the game”

In the end, the mouse risked it and came out
He hunted for the food and sniffed about

He smelled the cat around, and saw the food
But when he took a crumb, the cat just mewed

Then the mouse thought, “Could this really be true?
Can this cat shun what he was raised to do?”

At long last, although the cat could not speak
He won the mouse’s trust after a week

And now these former enemies are friends
And the mouse has a joy that never ends

For he forgives the cat for killing his kin
And the cat also feels that it’s a win-win

For now he has a friend who understands
And his friendship with him rests in good hands

And, who knows? Maybe someday the owners
Will see them, and will no longer be loners

And when they see the cat and mouse playing
Maybe they will also cease their slaying

And by the example of these two friends
They’ll also find a joy that never ends

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