Dean and Nala with their new childrens' book
Heart warming story of a stray kitten and the man who rescued her
NALA AND DEAN’S FANTASTIC LIFE
(Spoken as Dean, First person)
I planned to explore the world with my good friend
An exciting adventure with no planned end
We’d ride our bikes far and wide
We had hoped to explore many a country side
Little did I know what awaited me
An incredible twist of fate I did not foresee
As, soon, my buddy and I would part
And a new true friend would enter my heart.
Months into my travels I was venturing ‘free’
Following sole inclinations as it was only me
This would be altered in the most peculiar way
I could not have guessed what would happen one day…
Cycling a lone road in the Bosnian mountains high
I thought, for a moment; I heard a cry
A plaintiff ‘meow’ it sounded to me
But how, oh how, could this even be?
Far from civilization and in a dangerous space
Such a sound seemed completely out of place
But when I searched to identify ‘what and where’
Out from the rock a tiny kitten did appear.
The little cat shadowed my slow advance
In an instant I thought; she has no chance
Out in the open, alone and in need
I pondered, “should I leave her and just proceed?”
I wondered if kitty was feral or tame
But as soon as I did; up to me she came
Alert and feisty yet frail and so…
The decision before me…do I take her or no?
I began to leave with a feeling of doubt
But I heard her, again, as she followed my route
Her tiny voice distressed, as she tried to keep pace
The decision was made…I couldn’t leave her in this place.
I safely secured her as best as I could
As I continued along that deserted road
Musing about what might lie ahead
Feeling a bit of relief peppered with a touch of dread.
How is the health of this wee one?
Will she be okay if I leave her alone
With the Veterinary Hospital that may be near
The answer had not, yet, become clear
I continued to peddle toward the nearest town
Worrying that kitty would tumble down
To my surprise, she proved me wrong
The small hitchhiker held tight as we traveled on….
She crawled from the safe spot I made for her
She climbed upon my shoulders as I heard a ‘purr’
What kind of life had she known before?
What is her fate? She touched me to my core.
Well, time has passed and she remains by my side
A perfect companion accompanying my travels worldwide
She’s taught me love, and trust and more
Visiting highland passes and primitive seashore.
What should I name this wee little cat?
It must be special…I was committed to that!
My favorite childhood movie came to mind…
“NALA” is it! For my little lion.
We traveled by day until we came upon night
We slept protected, warm and dry to morning light
Safe within our collapsible tent
This is how most our evenings were spent.
Through lovely, ancient, historic ruins
To sparkling, pristine sandy dunes
Far and wide, we continued to roam
But, wherever we ventured; we were at home.
Sadness met us along the road
Pitiful stories of suffering untold
We did our best to stop the pain
A “happily ever after” tale we hoped to gain…
We came upon a heartbreaking sight
A small white puppy in a terrible plight
It did not look good; no, not good at all
But I knew that this was to be my call
To the nearest Pet Hospital, we would hurry
Hoping there would be no worry
Leaving “Ghost” in kind, gentle, loving hands
Until we planned to meet, again.
As we continued to explore from day to day
We met wonderful people along the way
Heartfelt greetings and helpful hands
Kindness and sweet folks from many lands
Newfound friends as we continued on
Sharing libation, sustenance and song
Happy times on land and sea…
Memories will last a lifetime for Nala and me.
These four years later we’ve seen so much
And I am thankful for this twist of luck
That brought us together; a “mystery”
The unconditional love that the whole world can see
My life has changed in a “life changing” way
I doubt would have happened if not for that day
That a tiny kitten would trust in me
And that I had, actually, been able to see
Her anxious efforts to catch my attention
And that I did, thankfully, stop and listen.
The writer of this poem thinks it’s not a mystery
This poem’s author is sure our meeting was meant to be
That a special, unique ‘once in a lifetime’ event
Would usher in new life meaning; “Heaven sent.”
A long story…short
Shared around the world
As our story unfurls.
Please find us on many internet platforms
As we venture through freezing winter and summer storms….
There is more discovery, as life opens to us
We’ll share with you; in this you can trust.
Dear Nala and Dean, you’ve given us such a special gift
One which assures us; and allows our hearts to lift
Beauty, wonder, sweetness and joy
That turned a wild lad to a man from a boy. (That’s YOU, Dean!)