(for all the abandoned animals)

I met a cat
on the seashore.
I asked him:
"What are you doing, cat, all alone?"
"I'm not a cat",
he answered me,
"I'm a toy.
They found me when I was little
and they took me to the sea
to play with their children
and at the end of the season,
the same way a beach umbrella is left,
they abandoned me here.
The only differences
are that umbrellas don't eat
and that no one
has ever made them believe
that they were loved.”

September 8, 2017