Last time it was another cat

that for an hour I “saved”

from the gang of snapping tearers

with a shout and a late cut

with a cricket bat


But then with just a bit of tears

there was a midnight grave

and a quiet word

and that was that


Today it came closer

as I clutched my club at four

and threw myself in the middle

of the fray

swinging away


I saved him

and cried for his pain

as he lay and will remain

for many days


Update… Our cat, Lucy, died on Thursday, 21 March which was also Holi. We will miss him.