Putting Down the Cat
by Billy Collins
The assistant holds her on the table,
The fur hanging limp from her tiny skeleton,
And the veterinarian raises the needle of fluid
Which will put the line through her ninth life.
“Painless,” he reassures me, “like counting
backwards from a hundred,” but I want to tell him
that our poor cat cannot count at all,
much less backwards, much less to a hundred.
Another Reason Why I Don't Keep a Gun in the House
Composer(s): Tom CipulloBuy via Sheet Music Plus