This Cat's Purr


Cats purr … with a consistent pattern and frequency between 25 and 150 Hertz. Various investigators have shown that sound frequencies in this range can improve bone density and promote healing. . . in bones and muscles. - Scientific America, “Why do cats purr?” April 2006

After a good cry,  
I pick up the cat, 
who's sprawled
across my office floor, 
limp and heavy
with sleep. I curl
his body against my heart, 
where he settles and purrs 
himself back into unconsciousness. 

Did five-year-old me know, 
when she begged to own a kitten, 
that even this need would be met? 

No, of course not. 

This cat’s purr, 
radiating healing, 
is pure grace – a combination 
of creation’s wisdom and a little 
girl’s intuition, to hold what is 
soft and healing to her 
gentle, loving heart. 

Me, age 5, holding two of my very first kittens.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Kelly...such beautiful words but not only the words but the feeling of kinship and gratitude between the two of you, and with the God who knew. Makes me wish I had a cat right now, though I did sometimes experience that deep comfort with our little old dog.