Missing Cat

Missing cat
Missing black cat
sign

Passed too many times
to notice anymore

Furry black body
by the side of the road and
I feel a sharp pain

No visible damage
Just soft fur ruffling
in a late afternoon breeze

I know
somewhere
a child is searching,
wondering, crying

I know
somewhere
a parent is struggling
to explain

Nature
is not cruel
She embraces all
her fallen children

 We
are thoughtless
inadvertently cruel

We
blindly pass or
deliberately ignore
what we
don’t wish to see

But I
must always look
Can never
ignore

 I will see
and remember
for you

Bidden or not