Madelyn Andersen // THE STRAY

A small cat wanders

through the streets all alone

wishing only for a friend

to walk beside her.

Nobody wants her,

afraid that she’ll scratch

or bite

and they call her



but all she wants

is a home.

She finds another, skinnier than she

and they walk together awhile

but there’s nothing to eat.

He withers away

and is soon gone from her side

and she is all alone,

once more a lonely stray

with no home to call

her own.

Little balls of joy enter her life

living off her but not for long

and as they grow

they too begin to wither

for the streets don’t have enough

for more than one mouth.

After they’re gone

the small cat is alone once more

but sadder than she was

before she ever knew companionship.