In the dark

Dark the windows pressed with rain
and the condensed breath of winter.

Crackling the wood reduced to glowing ash,
the hum of iron heating,

and beneath the dripping trees, a feral cat,
a cat with no home and too much fear to stay,

picks over food fit for foxes,
finds too little that will serve,

her face in the torchlight not wild,
not tame, but full of sadness.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

16 thoughts on “In the dark”

    1. No, usually they ask you to have them neutered and keep feeding them but outdoors. If the state would take charge of the neutering that would be fine, but it’s an expensive operation. Vets don’t go in for humanitarian gestures.

      1. Actually, there are vets associated with all of them here that do the neutering. They put a little clip in the cat’s ear to show its been done. They are very well organized, with both lots of volunteers and donations. The government couldn’t be bothered. They are not even interested in homeless humans.

      2. The cat associations that caught ‘homeless’ cats used to have vets work with them to neuter at a reduced rate. You could take in any cat you found and get it neutred for very little. The vets opposed it, unfair compeition and had the practice outlawed. The whole cat neutering programme collapsed. It costs the equivalent of $150 to neuter a cat. How many ordinary people are going to shell out that much just to help a stray cat they’re going to release back into the wild?

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