Maureen Weldon

A BIRTHDAY PRESENT FOR DAD

Dad did not like cats
until he met Blackie.

She was born in Scotland,
one of a litter of five;
in our bed-sit.

We found good homes for four of them.
But Blackie?

I had an idea.

I brought her
by train
in a box
form Glasgow to Bristol.

What a sweet little kitten,
the passenger sitting next to me said,
as I fed Blackie water from a doll’s bottle.

Dad met us at Temple Meads.

And what have you got in that box? he asked.
Happy Birthday, Dad!

It was, I think, love at first sight.

Copyright © Maureen Weldon 2013

Maureen is Irish, a former professional ballet dancer and teacher.
She has been widely published and has won various poetry awards including The Sons of Camus International Journal 2011. She has published five poetry books. She is a member of The Chester Poets and is currently co-editing a Cat Anthology to be published by Cestrian Press.

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