Advent Calendar

Cat in the Manger

U A Fanthorpe • read by Margaret Armer


In the story, I’m not there.

Ox and ass, arranged at prayer:

But me? Nowhere.


Anti-cat evangelists

How on earth could you have missed

Such an obvious and able

Occupant of any stable?


Who excluded mouse and rat?

The harmless necessary cat.

Who snuggled in with the holy pair?

Me. And my purr.


Matthew, Mark, Luke and John,

(Who got it wrong,

Who left out the cat)

Remember that,

Wherever He went in this great affair

I was there.


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