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Found poem: letter from my father

Found poem: letter from my father

To the editor of the Beloit Daily News:
This note is addressed to the family who
discarded their family cat on Colley Road
just east of the I-90 underpass. This cat
visited all the family farms in our area. Some
fed her. She finally found our homestead
which is 40 rods north of the road. We too
fed her, but we didn’t need a cat. She found
some dead mice, poisoned, because our ware-
house must be protected against mice. She went
into decline, could not eat, and today we had to
dispose of her in spite of her wanting love and
welcome into our home. So your sick cat is dead.
We have numerous cats and dogs abandoned on
our property. Probably the most memorable was
when a dog was locked inside our screen porch
to be found the next morning. Or was it when
six kittens, still sightless, were left in a box at the
foot of our lane? Whoever abandoned their pet
cat in early March, for whatever reason, might
like to know how she suffered and how her life
ended on March 29, 1985. R.A. Dougan, Beloit

©2014 Jacqueline Jackson

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