Cats - A Retrospective
© By Paula Cunningham
I believe to have one dog is better
than a hundred thousand cats, I believe
whatever anybody older than me says
except my older sisters who know nothing
and our neighbours, the Mc Devitts,
who have far too many cats.
I believe what Mum and Dad,
my teachers and the priests
tell me is right and that,
believing them, I’ll be right too.
I believe there’s a right way of doing things,
I believe in the essential beauty
of the thing done right and in always,
always doing the right thing.
I believe any job worth
doing is worth doing well,
I believe that God’s a Catholic,
that he’s everywhere, I believe
it will be twenty years
before I hear the thing
about the many ways
to skin a cat and I
believe that even then
I’ll wonder which one’s right.