on 27 December 1985
The two of us and our calico cat
We called her
Frisky- my wife and I
For the quickness of her eyes.
In her early years of life- my Frisky and I.
brought her grace
With a calico coat shiny and glorious.
And as the years
Through joy and sorrow, she remained by our side.
would walk up to each and all
And greet them with elegance and chance.
Aloof she remained
when she fancied to be
Yet close she lay if it needs to be.
thoughts she would hurry at once
her paws by our side with a bounce.
Perched on the
lap, she would glance at the face
Filled with contentment, love and grace.
she was most of times
A trace of the wild did remain.
For the things
she disliked, a growl was heard
With a gentle bite on the hands or feet.
At the sound
unfamiliar she would bounce
With a question mark to announce.
charmed us for ten years and one
the prettiest calico on earth.
Sad was the
end, and it broke my heart
As I sat through the night by her side.
breath she struggled for life
As I gave her the oxygen by the mask.
That sad and
departing glance with her lovely eyes
Leaves us mourning for the rest of our lives.
And all that
remains of our Frisky beautiful
Is a memory in the hearts of this twain.
and Abdul Rasheed absolutely adored cats. I am not sure
where she got it but Abdul Rasheed definitely got the
cat-lovers' gene from our maternal Grandfather Bodufenvalhugey
Seedi's side. There are still very well-known cat-lovers
among grandfather's descendants and some relations.
Cats have lived in the Maldives, particularly Male,
from time immemorial, but Maldivians are not generally
known to be great cat-lovers. In fact cat-loving men,
in the Maldives, are look down upon as a bit soft and
sissy and a great many people regarded cats with either
indifference or great cruelty. As I see it, the general
attitude of a people towards animals is a good indicator
of high up they are on the food-chain.