Debbie Coates, friend and poet, was the patron of a very special cat called Pinch, who was an artist who lived in her grounds in Southern California.

Patron and Artist is what Debbie finally realised was the probable relationship shared between herself and her beloved calico cat companion of eleven years standing.

Debbie, the author of Cat Haiku writes superb feline haiku. This is her tribute to the wonderful Pinch.

Small panther cat, you

Will leap forever in my

Memory and heart

© Debbie Coates