George, guardian of Morris Lane
Well, that’s the name I give the lovely long-haired ginger cat which is always either lying on the ground, having a snooze, or lying on the brick wall, having a snooze, or walking up and down.
He always comes to greet me – probably does that to everyone who passes along this delightful cut-through between Long Street and Bridewell Street in Devizes. The lane which has the magnificent example of late Georgian architecture: Lansdowne Terrace.
I always wonder where he lives – who his owner is. He certainly has a strong sense of belonging in Morris Lane – totally at home, with all the freedom that is offered in a lane without traffic.
Long may he live to patrol that corner of Devizes.
O ginger cat of Morris Lane,
coat as long as a lion’s mane.
You’re brave, defiant, guarding all.
Quite often sprawling on a wall.
You walk behind, you walk ahead,
you’re not a vagrant, you look well fed.
I do not stroke you, I do not stare.
I smile, walk on without a care.
Let no one tease you,
Grab you, jab you,
poke or soak.
Beware the rogues, the scallies,
I’m sure you recognise those buggers.
I hope your days go by with pleasure
because you are a local treasure.
© Dee La Vardera 2020