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52 Junebug

53 Kangaroo

54 Kitty

55 Ladybug

56 Lemming

57 Louse

58 Lovebug

59 Maggot

60 Manatee

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Forgive me, God, Iím small and weak
And only born about a week.
        Iíve barely opened up my eyes:
        Itís much too soon to catechize.
Do I believe? How can I doubt!
Mom taught me to be most devout:
        Cats once were gods for the Egyptians!
        (Now wouldnít that give you conniptions?)
Do I give thanks? Yes! Yes! Iím told
Iíll live to be fourteen years old.
        Then die and go to kitty land
        Where, Mama says, the catnipís grand.
And do I pray? Well, I can purr
And huddle down inside my fur,
        Though mostly I just donít know how,
        And listen close for Godís Meow.
Who made the world? Iím in a fog!
(I donít believe in God the Dog)
        Is it enough to hope and wish
        That Youíll put something in my dish?
Ask my cousins - Jaguars, Panthers,
Cheetahs, Lions - for the anthers,
        Leopards, Tigers - they all know
        How catechism anthers go.
Forgive me, no more questions, please,
Itís time for me to take my ease,
And lick my paws and chase my ball:
Iím just a kitten, after all.

from the forthcoming book Prayers of 100 Animals A to Z, by William Cleary



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