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Gattara

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You know this story: in the news
they are reporting that when the old lady died
they found 100 cats in her house – all well fed,
strays, every one, living in the lap of luxury.
Don't be jealous, if in her will
she left her millions
to the mangy lot of them. Perhaps
you were a stray once, too
and understand what it is to be picked
by the scruff and saved.

Gattara (Italian, noun): an elderly woman who cares for stray cats

From David Holper's new collection "Language Lessons"

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