Farewell to Tom-King

Tom-King

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the community cat who inspired a caregiver to write this prose in 2006.

“HDB says No
We stay on the streets

Town Council says No
The feeders mess up public areas

We move to the carparks
Car owners say No
The scratches must be that “stupid cat sleeping on the roof”

We move to the hawker centres
NEA says No Or else no ‘Singapore OK’ label

We hang around the walkway
The young lady says we scare her mother

We move near the childcare
The parents complaint to the Town Council’s officer “Get rid of the cat or we beat your brain out!”

We poo on the grass
The Town Council’s Senior Property Manager screams “Cats cannot poo! Not even on the grass!”

Where can we go?
Can we ask to be unborn?

We are labelled pest and nuisance Without justification

Look who is destroying the earth? At an unprecedented pace

Come on
We only want to live Just like you do

What right have you got to push us off the brink?”

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