Roisin Duffy

THE WAIF AND STRAYS SELECTION COMMITTEE


High up on the cliff, sits the pack.

They use the vantage point

to watch the houses down below,

more intently than any burglar, or the FBI.


They watch the habits,

the comings and goings, the who’s who.

And who does what.


Who walks every day?

One mile, five miles, ten?

Which house has children, and a football,

which has an armchair and a fire.


One by one, the committee match each house

with their new pet.

With the match established,

then begins the covert mission.


In the dead of night they descend,

and leaving each ‘stray’ on the designated doorstep,

they fade back into night.


In the morning, doors open, to the cat who

‘just turned up one day’

to the pup the children fall in love with,

so of course it has to stay.


Everyone’s a winner,

with free dinner and a warm house,

for the pets who come to light the lives,

of the people of the village.


copyright Roisin Duffy

Price: €950. Size: 28” x 38”.

Title: THE WAIF AND STRAYS SELECTION COMMITTEE

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