Jealousy the Green-Eyed Cat

Jesus, please do something

about this green-eyed cat jealousy

who has parked herself in my house

purring discontent.

She seemed sweet enough on the doorstep

with her message of “poor you”. 

Once in, she patted me with soft paws mewing,

“that’s not fair” and “you deserve better.”

She lapped up all the milk of human kindness

and then with quiet feet and dainty claws

she sniffed around distastefully

as if my life smelled of failure.

And then the unkindest scratch of all,

“If only you could be someone else.…”

And so this cat has got to go.

And I need your help

because she’s hard to catch,

and there’s something about nine lives…

I see her eyes looking at me from the corner

and I suddenly wonder,

“Why is it always me

having to put out the cat?”

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About Carol Penner

I am a Mennonite pastor currently teaching theology at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario. I’ve served congregations in Ontario and most recently, Alberta.

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