Last week our beloved cat, "S'more" died. She was a pretty white calico who liked to snuggle with you and tickle her whiskers in your face. Henry took it pretty hard and we spent most of Tuesday crying together. It's amazing how those furry little creatures get into your heart. I know I'm not the only one who considers them part of the family.
illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully 1984
The poem comes from Jubilate Agno. He writes lovingly of his cat Jeoffry (his only companion in the asylum) and the spiritual, God-loving nature of the animal. The illustrator Emily Arnold McCully writes this: "Smart wrote both masterpieces in the madhouse, celebrating God's goodness in all nature. He never doubted that he was saved, nor that Jeoffry, pure in all his motions, was saved too."
The text can be awkward to read, it is 18th century poetry after all, but the pictures make it fun to follow and well worth it.