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Dead Kitty 🐾

Hello Kitty coloring book page by Nickie circa 2008.

Decades ago, on vacation, while I was in elementary school, the first stanza of this “masterpiece” was created with the combined effort of my brother and my father. The three of us were driving from San Antonio to Port Aransas, back up to Hunt, Texas, so we could go swimming in limestone pools at River Inn. As we passed through Wimberley on our way to Hunt, we came across a dead cat in the road.

The cat looked like it had been there a long time in the sunlight. I remember we all felt awful for it. It was pitiful. Seconds after witnessing the poor little kitty that we found dead in the street, my father said, “Poor dead kitty in the street.”

My brother responded without thinking, “It looks liked it a was fluffy kitty with furry little feet.”

I piped in, “Hey, that kind of rhymed.”

Hello Kitty coloring book page by Nickie circa 2008.

After that, my brother and my father improvised and kept going on and on with the poem. I cannot remember the rest of what they created. My brother wrote it down, but it was lost over time. Perhaps someday we will discover it in an old box from decades ago.

Years later, in my twenties, that day popped into memory for some strange reason and for shits and giggles: I wrote out a version of my own. The first stanza is from the original poem made by the men in my immediate family, the little pieces I could recall. The rest was written by moi. Luckily my two short-haired black cats: Delilah and Mister Bungles, cannot read English or they might be offended and angry with our morbid humor. Delilah is a psychotic and beloved little tortie kitty. And Mr. B is all black with a white belly and white socks. I adore them just as much as I loved my black lab Zeke who lived until he was 18 years old. Zeke was given to me as a puppy after my Latino grandfather adopted him at three months. As an adult, I saved the cats from the shelter in Savannah, and they now live the best life on Lake Travis with Zeke. In actuality, I feel deeply sad and powerless when I see dead animals in the street. Construction and highways do such damage to wildlife. I hate seeing injured animals, or when they suffer due to humans, or when animals kill each other. Like my kitty cats that hunt lizards, birds and bugs. Or that one time Zeke ate an entire squirrel, tail and all, because the squirrels wouldn’t stop eating his food… I hope no one judges me for my skewed sense of humor. Sometimes, all we can do is laugh or cry. And sometimes, it is best to laugh at life.

P.S. The Hello Kitty colorings are from 2008. I bought a Hello Kitty work book and I colored these pieces with a little girl.

Hello Kitty coloring book page by Nickie circa 2008.

DEAD KITTY

Poor dead kitty in the street,
fluffy kitty with furry little feet.
She will not come and play.
She will just stay and lay.

Dead kitty in the street,
tiny feline died walking her beat.
She will not purr or prance.
She only practices her motionless dance.

Dead kitty in the street,
little killer woman who caught mice beneath her feet.
But she cannot hunt or kill.
Instead her blood will spill.

Dead kitty in the street,
hairless feline with hardly any meat.
She has been baking in the sun.
And now the vultures will come.

Dead kitty in the street,
only her bones now lie in the heat.
The wind blew her to dust.
And now . . . a new kitty is a must.

Published by Nicolette Mallow

‡ Nicolette Mallow is an Artist: writer, dancer, vocalist, thespian, model, and (amateur) photographer. Writing is Mallow’s strongest artistic skill. Internationally published in the United States and Europe, Nicolette has obtained 110+ publications thus far. Mallow has interviewed an extensive list of talent and collaborated with companies and PR teams from Texas Monthly, National Geographic, Prevention Magazine, HBO Films, The Hollywood Reporter, SXSW, The David Lynch Foundation, Cine Las Americas, The University of Texas at Austin and more. Presently her portfolio entails 12 national awards or scholarships, including both individual and group projects. Working with Press and Publicity teams from companies like Sunshine Sachs, Fons PR, Frank PR, and CW3PR — Mallow can liaise with publicists, entrepreneurs, and their brands. Since 2005, for 17 years, Nicolette Mallow has covered numerous press, corporate and red carpet events as a (dyslexic) writer. Mallow has interviewed talent far beyond her years, including Jimmy Chin, Greta Gerwig, Bob Roth, Dr. Travis Stork, Joan Lunden, Larysa DiDio, Lauren Handel Zander, James White, Jay Roach, Naomi Whittel and Roc Chen. Once, she was a public speaker for a national business conference. Her career is diverse and transcends a vast array of industries, but the focus is always on the arts. Nicolette Mallow does enjoy all forms of writing, but her favorite writing genres to create entail editorial, arts & entertainment, literary journalism, travel, magical realism, nonfiction, technical and promotional publicity. Over time Nicolette has attained Press Credentials to events like Texas Film Awards (hosted by Austin Film Society), The Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin Film Festival, Euphoria Music Festival, and The Blanton Museum of Art. She also wrote for Savannah Magazine, a radio station operated by EMMIS Communications, District newspaper, and the Thinkery (formerly Austin Children’s Museum). In her spare time, Nicolette creates a magical realism novel and turns her nonfiction memoirs into short story novellas. Obtaining two degrees from the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), she has a Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration (a graduate degree now recognized as Creative Business Leadership) and a B.F.A. in Writing. Born and raised in Texas and NYC—Nicolette Mallow is also a world traveler that lives for art and loves to learn. “L’art Pour L’art.”

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