Sister Carmen Bernos de Gasztold was a Benedictine nun and gifted writer. In her book entitled Prayers from the Ark, the French poet gave voice to God’s creatures who sailed with Noah.
During a season of summer reruns, I am sharing again a sampling of my favorite poems. Today’s selection conveys the clever, crafty, requests of The Prayer of the Cat.
I am a cat.
It is not exactly, that I have something to ask of You!
I ask nothing of anyone—
If You should have by some chance, in some celestial barn,
A little white mouse,
Or a saucer of milk,
I know someone who would relish them.
Wouldn’t You like someday
To put a curse on the whole race of dogs?
If so, I should say,
Surely this cat speaks with an English accent. A very proper and amusing kitty!