Cat Lady

A poem for national cat day – by Alicia Lui


Today a yellow-brown cat dashed across

As I walked with wind on my ears.

Surely you must be cold, I thought.

What a pity to be a stray!


My three cats at home sit and watch

As I latch the windows on approaching gloom.

Together they cry

Another Beijing winter to bloom.

Alicia Lui lived in Beijing and co-captained Big Brother, an Ultimate Frisbee club team. In January she begins studying at University College London. This is one of her cats: