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Hensley The Cat

Hensley was a yellow cat
as big as he could be
And every night I'd stroke his fur
as he slept next to me
He'd spend his days in our backyard
and late at night he'd roam
but one March night he walked away
and never came back home
I made some signs with colored pens
and put them all around
"LOST CAT" I wrote in pink and blue,
A week went by without a word
I cried at night in bed
But then a boy called on the phone,
"I found your cat," he said
"I found him lying in the street,"
the boy said quietly,
"It must have been a passing car.
I'm sorry as can be."
I hung his picture on my wall
next to his favorite toy
I wrote, "I'll miss you everyday
with all my heart. Love, Joy"
Although my Hensley's gone away
There's still a cause to sing
My mommy said an angel found
a yellow cat with wings

Hensley The Cat by Laura & Joy Shanley
Copyright 1997 - All Rights Reserved
All Rights Reserved

About the Authors:

Laura Kaplan Shanley is an author and freelance writer in Arvada, Colorado. She is best known for her 1994 book, UNASSISTED CHILDBIRTH. School children have been enjoying Laura's stories and poems for many years, and her autobiographical poem LAURA RUTH HAS LOST A TOOTH appeared in the magazine CHILDREN'S PLAYMATE. You may reach Laura Kaplan Shanley and her daughter Joy at:
Hensley The Cat is a true story. Hensley was Joy's very good friend. Did you know that Laura has some fun stories online? You'll enjoy reading The Goggle Eyed Green Hairy Monster and Me

About the Illustrator: Marleen Dolly Nurzinski is Dutch by birth. She has lived in Holland, Houston, Texas, and in Australia, where she currently resides. Much of her professional life has been devoted to nurturing children, and her kid-friendly artwork is an extension of her affection for little folks. You may reach "Dol" at


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