by Cona Adams
From the book, DEWEY, the Small Town Library Cat who Touched the World (Available from Surrey Libraries).
Dewey, harshly stuffed down the library return box;
hungry, frostbitten, frightened,
and hopelessly alone,
accepted his rescue with purpose and grace.
He, the adopted one,
exercised his self-appointed duty
of greeting every patron
of the small-town library
for nineteen years.
His “live in the moment” magic touched the world and won my heart.