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Ugly The Cat Poem

post #1 of 20
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Ugly The Cat
Everyone in the apartment complex I lived in knew who Ugly was. Ugly was the resident tomcat. Ugly loved three things in this world: fighting, eating garbage, and, shall we say, love.


The combination of these things combined with a life spent outside had their effect on Ugly. To start with, he had only one eye and where the other should have been was a hole. He was also missing his ear on the same side, his left foot appeared to have been badly broken at one time, and had healed at an unnatural angle, making him look like he was always turning the corner.
Ugly would have been a dark gray tabby, striped type, except for the sores covering his head, neck, and even his shoulders.
Every time someone saw Ugly there was the same reaction. "That's one UGLY cat!!!"
All the children were warned not to touch him, the adults threw rocks at him, hosed him down, squirted him when he tried to come in their homes, or shut his paws in the door when he would not leave. Ugly always had the same reaction.

If you turned the hose on him, he would stand there, getting soaked until you gave up and quit. If you threw things at him, he would curl his lanky body around your feet in forgiveness.
Whenever he spied children, he would come running, meowing frantically and bump his head against their hands, begging for their love.

If you ever picked him up he would immediately begin suckling on your shirt, earrings, whatever he could find.
One day Ugly shared his love with the neighbor's dogs. They did not respond kindly, and Ugly was badly mauled. I tried to rush to his aid. By the time I got to where he was laying, it was apparent Ugly's sad life was almost at an end.

As I picked him up and tried to carry him home, I could hear him wheezing and gasping, and could feel him struggling. It must be hurting him terribly, I thought.
Then I felt a familiar tugging, sucking sensation on my ear. Ugly, in so much pain, suffering and obviously dying, was trying to suckle my ear. I pulled him closer to me, and he bumped the palm of my hand with his head, then he turned his one golden eye towards me, and I could hear the distinct sound of purring.


Even in the greatest pain, that ugly battled scarred cat was asking only for a little affection, perhaps some compassion.
At that moment I thought Ugly was the most beautiful, loving creature I had ever seen. Never once did he try to bite or scratch me, try to get away from me, or struggle in any way. Ugly just looked up at me completely trusting in me to relieve his pain.


Ugly died in my arms before I could get inside, but I sat and held him for a long time afterwards, thinking about how one scarred, deformed little stray could so alter my opinion about what it means to have true pureness of spirit,
to love so totally and truly.
Ugly taught me more about giving and compassion than a thousand books, lectures, or talk show specials ever could, and for that I will always be thankful. He had been scarred on the outside, but I was scarred on the inside, and it was time for me to move on and learn to love truly and deeply. To give my total to those I cared for.
Many people want to be richer, more successful, well liked, beautiful, but for me...
I will always try to be Ugly.
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post #2 of 20
Aw, I'm in tears.
post #3 of 20
I had seen that before-and it kills me every time I read it.
post #4 of 20
Awww, I am such a baby, I am all teary. That is a neat poem. Thanks for sharing!
post #5 of 20
I love it. And it made me cry too.
post #6 of 20
that is so sad.... I'm a sucker for the under-dog.... I probably would've taken him in... and definately would not have stood by while someone abused a cat...even a grown up...I would've said something...
post #7 of 20
That is so sad
post #8 of 20
Shelly, it was so lovely of you to share Ugly's poem with us again, it always touches me so deeply. Every single time I read it, my heart just breaks, not only for this precious little one in the poem, but for the countless kitties who want nothing more than our love. I love Sierra and Serenity so much. My life was blessed with them when they were abandoned, and I've wondered where they would be, or where I would be, for that matter, had God not brought us together at those very set moments in time. They're my sweet loves, my life. Every other cat out there, though, is every bit as precious and deserves this very same level of love and care, but are so often misunderstood, mistreated, or shunned. It just breaks my heart that we can't help every single one.
post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by catloverin_ks
I had seen that before-and it kills me every time I read it.

Same here. I cry every time I see this!
post #10 of 20
Such a sad story!
post #11 of 20

That's so beautiful, and sad!
post #12 of 20
I haven't read that before,thats heartbreaking


Typing err
post #13 of 20
wow, I got a chill reading that... very appropriate to me at this time, I gave my precious Simon a home when no one else would, because of the horrible disease leukemia, sometimes the best presents are wrapped in the not-so-great wrapping
post #14 of 20
that is heartbreaking and so sad. it's beautiful, but really sad.
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277
wow, I got a chill reading that... very appropriate to me at this time, I gave my precious Simon a home when no one else would, because of the horrible disease leukemia, sometimes the best presents are wrapped in the not-so-great wrapping

Simon is beautiful!
All cats are.
Thank you for what you said. It goes for people, too, doesn't it?
post #16 of 20
I can not stand to read this often. I cry for days.
post #17 of 20
I've read it before and it is very moving and heartbreaking isn't it?
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277
wow, I got a chill reading that... very appropriate to me at this time, I gave my precious Simon a home when no one else would, because of the horrible disease leukemia, sometimes the best presents are wrapped in the not-so-great wrapping
Might I add that Simon is a beautiful cat.

I had a cat when I was a teenager (Sammie) who ended up with Feline Leukemia. But that was cause my folks would tie her outside on the swing and try to mate the heat out of her. And she'd run off and disappear for a few days by escaping (they kept her in the carport outside that had lattice work to enclose it.). Not the best pet owners to be sure, I am so glad I ended up so not like them.

But anyways. My heart goes out to you for taking in Simon, you have a huge heart.....
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by dawnofsierra
Shelly, it was so lovely of you to share Ugly's poem with us again, it always touches me so deeply. Every single time I read it, my heart just breaks, not only for this precious little one in the poem, but for the countless kitties who want nothing more than our love. I love Sierra and Serenity so much. My life was blessed with them when they were abandoned, and I've wondered where they would be, or where I would be, for that matter, had God not brought us together at those very set moments in time. They're my sweet loves, my life. Every other cat out there, though, is every bit as precious and deserves this very same level of love and care, but are so often misunderstood, mistreated, or shunned. It just breaks my heart that we can't help every single one.
Exactly what my heart wanted to say.
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by batgirl2good
Simon is beautiful!
All cats are.
Thank you for what you said. It goes for people, too, doesn't it?
Sadly, I wish I believed that. For me, people are the only thing it doesn't go for - too many of us create too much pain for the other things in this world.
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