The Otis Files. Tribute to an Old Friend – Otis, I Notice 1

And she also has stripes on one leg at the back... Otis, Queen of the house - apparently.

And she also has stripes on one leg at the back… Otis, Queen of the house – apparently.

Otis was a friend that I lived with for 16 years. We moved many times, from the forest to beside the highways and many places in between, and she was always there, somewhere in the background, usually no more than 12 feet away from me. She wasn’t a lap cat, nor a smoochy cat, but we had a very special friendship and I miss her very much. I truly hope I see her again some day. This is the first installment of my 8-part tribute to her.

Otis, I notice

(Between me and you)

Looks like a morepork

A furry ruru

Her fur coat is mottled

Her eyes big and green

With a patchy wee nose

That sits in between

One paw is white

And the rest of them black

And she also has stripes

On one leg at the back

Her tail is brown

With some grey at the tip

It’s as though she was made up

Of leftover bits

Though Otis, I notice

Blends in with the mat

She’s hard to ignore

She’s a funky wee cat.

This is a Morepork, or a Ruru as known in New Zealand. There were certain similarities between Otis and one of these.

This is a Morepork, or a Ruru as known in New Zealand. There were certain similarities between Otis and one of these.

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